Homemade Sweet Tamarind Soda (With or Without Booze!)

sweet tamarind soda
dark and sweet: homemade sweet tamarind soda

This dark and savory soda is a refreshing twist from overly sweet beverages. Mixing the savory flavors from tamarind, lime, and just a pinch of salt, this recipe is bound to delight those that love interesting new cocktail flavors.

sweet tamarind sodaA homemade sweet tamarind soda fits into our excitement about healthier cocktails around here (like Mulberry Fizz and tea-infused vodka). This one is another awesome twist to add to our mixology menus. I love tamarind paste in lentils and in curries, but when playing around with some new recipes last week I thought it would be fun to mix it into a soda, and my boyfriend and I were both stoked on the flavor combination. We had it in the afternoon way before cocktail hour, but I look forward to adding a bit of liquor for my next happy hour.

Sweet Tamarind Soda (With or Without Booze)

1 Tablespoon tamarind paste (read more about tamarind here)
2-3 Tablespoons agave nectar
Pinch of salt (less than 1/4 teaspoon)
2 cups (16 ounces) plain, unsweetened soda water
Vodka or dark rum (optional)
Slices of lime, for garnish

  1. Whisk together tamarind paste, agave and salt with just enough soda water to smooth out the tamarind paste. Depending on the brand you use, you may need to add a bit more water to ensure it dissolves completely. I like to use a small whisk, but you can also use a fork or spoon. Add more soda water to measure 1 cup.
  2. Divide tamarind soda mixture evenly between two glasses filled with ice, then top off with remaining 1 cup soda water. Stir to mix tamarind mix into the soda. Add a splash of vodka or rum and stir once more to combine.
  3. Add a few slices of lime (and a squeeze, if you’re feeling it!) and that’s it. Sip and savor!

Yield: 2 sassy, sweet drinks

About Andrea Bertoli 591 Articles
A vegan chef, cookbook author, wellness educator, writer, surfer, and yogi based in Honolulu. Follow my delicious adventures on Instagram

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