This Tamarind Margarita Recipe is a unique twist on a classic! Full of tamarind paste, lemon juice, lime juice, agave, and tequila and lined with a chili salt rim!
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Ahhhhh! The time is FINALLY here.
The moment you’ve been waiting for.
The moment I’VE been waiting for.
The Tamarind Margarita is here!
The first time I had a Tamarind Margarita, Trevor and I were on the most luxurious vacation in Mexico.
One of the waiters suggested it, so I said “what the heck”, had one sip . . .
and was immediately hooked.
That’s all I drank all week. 😉
So while I’m (unfortunately) not in Mexico, at least I can be sipping my FAVE cocktail and pretend. 😉
Let me just say that this vacation happened almost two years ago, and Trevor and I are STILL talking about it.
Especially the tamarind margaritas.
So WHY did it take me so long to make one?
Because I wanted to make it EXACTLY like they did, but I couldn’t get my hands on fresh tamarind.
Thanks to Nuts.com, I can have tamarind margaritas #allday #everyday.
Thanks to them, we can FINALLY get some of those really awesome ingredients – like tamarindo – that you might not be able to find in your typical grocery store! Plus, hellllooo online shopping > real life shopping.
So wait whaaaat about that tamarindo?
Basically, tamarind pods contain a tangy brown pulp that you make into a paste and put in things like margaritas and pad thai <– what more is there in life?!
So today, we’re using it for this Tamarind Margarita Recipe.
You’ll start by taking off the rough outer shell and pulling off the stringy bits (I promise this will make sense once you have the tamarindo in front of you 😉 ).
Then you’ll soak them in water for about an hour and a half, then strain the mixture in a fine mesh sieve.
You’ll mix the paste with the soaking water, and you’ve just made tamarind paste!
Easy peasy, right?!
That being said, if you don’t FEEL like making your own tamarind paste, nuts.com also has pre-made tamarind paste!
Once you have the paste, you’ll place that into a cocktail shaker with tequila, lemon juice, lime juice, and agave!
Give it a shake and strain it into a glass <– I HIGHLY recommend a chili powder/salt rim for these.
The result is the most satisfying margarita yet!
A little sweet, a little tangy, and little smoky from the chili powder rim . . .
Is it 5 o’clock yet?!
Tamarind Margarita Recipe
Equipment for this recipe
- 10 tamarind pods
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 1/2 oz tequila
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
- 3/4 oz lime juice
- 1/4 oz - 1/2 oz simple syrup or agave
- 1 1/2 oz tamarind paste
- Remove the brown, hard outer shell of the tamarind pod.
- Pull off the stringy bits.
- Place tamarind into a bowl and cover with 1 cup hot water.
- Soak for 1 1/2 hours.
- Remove tamarind from bowl and set aside.
- Place fine mesh sieve over the soaking water and place tamarind into the sieve.
- Press the tamarind through the sieve and into the bowl of water below (you're trying to separate the pulp from the black seeds).
- Once all the pulp has been separated from the seeds, discard the seeds, and whisk together the pulp and water.
- Store, covered, in the fridge until ready to use.
- Whisk together salt and chili powder.
- Wet the rim of your glass, dunk into the salt/chili powder, and fill glass with ice.
- Fill a shaker with ice and pour in tequila, lemon juice, lime juice, agave, and tamarind paste.
- Shake and pour into prepared glass.
*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.
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