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Fresco de Tamarindo

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 quench your thirst. Is also full of minerals and vitamins.


Serves 6


Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

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.