Fresco de tamarindo is a refreshing and simple beverage, one of the many authentic fruits drinks in El Salvador. In Mexico is called aguas frescas de tamarindo. I like to make it a least once a week, especially in the summer time in Los Angeles. This delicious drink will quelch your thirst. Is also full of minerals and vitamins.
I am picky when it comes to my food ingredients. I was elated when I discovered that Melissa’s Produce carries the most perfect, unchipped, tamarindo pods. Quality is a priority in my kitchen. Here is the recipe for this popular and traditional Salvadoran drink.
Fresco de Tamarindo Recipe (Tamarind Drink)
By Alicia Maher
- 1 pound tamarind fruit in pods or ¼ pound tamarind paste
- 7 cups water
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Ice to taste
If using fresh tamarind fruit, crack the pod and pull out the pulpy seeds. Make sure all the shell and remnants have been removed, leaving only the fresh pulpy seeds.
In a bowl, combine the fresh tamarind or paste with 2 cups of warm water. Cover and let it rest for at least 1 hour. It does not need to be refrigerated. Stir and strain the liquid and discard any seeds.
In a large pitcher, combine the tamarind liquid with the remaining 5 cups of water, granulated white sugar, and salt. Stir well and serve over ice. Enjoy.
You can find more recipes like this in my cookbook, Delicious El Salvador: 75 Authentic Recipes for Traditional Salvadoran Cooking.