It's time for delicious Mexican-inspired cocktails! Why not try a tamarind margarita recipe? The tart, fruity flavor of the tamarind is perfect for spring and summertime drinks and Cinco de Mayo. I'll show you how to make one yourself.
This sweet and sour Tamarind Margarita is tasty and easy to make. I will give you step-by-step instructions for making this unique cocktail with tamarind paste, tequila, triple sec, and maple syrup. You can now create and enjoy this refreshing tamarind margarita recipe at home!
With summer fast approaching, there's no better way to get the party started than with a deliciously refreshing tamarind margarita!
Whether you're hosting a big bash for Cinco de Mayo or having dinner at home with loved ones, this tart twist on the classic Margarita will surely be a crowd-pleaser.
Dive into the world of tequila and fresh lime juice as I give you all the tips for mastering an unforgettable tamarind margarita that everyone will rave about!
A few years ago, we visited Costa Rica and enjoyed Tamarind Margaritas or Margaritas de Tamarindo at a fantastic hotel we were staying at with an ocean view. The bartender made this cocktail with fresh tamarind juice and a plain salt rim.
When I thought about recreating this recipe, I didn't have tamarind pods or a wet tamarind pulp block. However, I recently had tamarind paste in the fridge. So, I created tamarind syrup by mixing the tamarind paste with water.
I'm not claiming that this recipe is the authentic way to make tamarind syrup or Tamarind Margaritas, but my husband and I enjoyed this sweet and sour margarita with tangy flavors, and I know you will, too. My husband said, "This is your best margarita yet." And he doesn't say that lightly!
For more refreshing cocktails, try this Blood Orange Margarita, Blood Orange French 75, Strawberry Elderflower Gin Fizz, or Strawberry Lemon Gin Granita, perfect for sipping by the pool. If you like sour with a hint of sweetness, have you tried this Classic Sidecar Cocktail?
Want another tasty recipe with Tajin Seasoning? Try this Southwest Quinoa Bowl.
What is tamarind?
Tamarind is a fruit from the tamarind tree and can be used in soups, chutneys, juices, or carbonated drinks to create flavorful dishes such as pad thai.
The texture of this date-like dark brown fruit ranges depending on whether it's crushed for paste or diluted concentrate. The fruit is contained within seed pods and can be extracted from the pods or purchased in chunks. Tamarind is a staple in Mexico, the Caribbean, Thailand, and Indian cuisine.
- Tamarind paste - This tamarind concentrate has a consistency similar to blackstrap molasses. It is 100% organic tamarind and is concentrated; it is not watery like juice. You can find this in Asian markets, in the Asian section of your grocery store, at an Indian market, online, or in a Latin market. It might be labeled tamarind concentrate - be sure to ask if you don't see it. It's shelf-stable in a glass jar.
- Tequila - I used Blanco tequila.
- Triple sec - I used Cointreau.
- Agave syrup - Although I haven't tried it, organic sugar cane syrup would be a great choice (especially when in Costa Rica). Let me know if you do!
- You'll need half a lime or a lime wedge for the rim of the glass, followed by a chili salt rim (a mix of chili lime seasoning and Himalayan sea salt).
How to make a Tamarind Margarita with a Spicy Rim
This recipe for Tamarind Margaritas is easy to make and fun! It's a different and delicious take on the margarita! Accent these cocktails with a Tajin Seasoning and sea salt rim to give them an exciting twist.
First, I mix the storebought tamarind concentrate with water to thin it to make tamarind syrup:
- Mix the tamarind paste and water in a pot and boil, stirring with a whisk. Immediately turn off the heat, take it off the heat, cover it, and let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Stir the mixture and strain into a bowl, discarding any solids. Let cool to room temperature.
Mix the chili lime seasoning (I used Tajin Clasico Seasoning) with the Himalayan Sea Salt and place it on a small plate.
Make the tamarind margarita cocktail:
- Prepare two glasses by running the edge of half a lime against the edges. Gently press the edges of the glasses into the salt mixture, and refrigerate the glasses while you mix the drinks.
- Combine the tamarind syrup, Blanco tequila, triple sec, agave syrup, and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake and pour into the prepared glasses with salted rims. If you're using glasses similar to double old-fashioned glasses, include the ice. Cheers!
- small saucepan
- coupe glasses, martini glasses, double old-fashioned glasses, or margarita glasses
- chef's knife
- cutting board
- cocktail shaker
To keep an elegant feel, I chose coupe glasses for this tamarind margarita without ice. However, I would have preferred a traditional margarita glass if this were a blended frozen fruit margarita.
In an informal setting, feel free to serve the margaritas any way you like, such as on ice in an old-fashioned glass or lowball glass, typically a short glass used to serve whisky or cocktails containing whisky.
- Agave syrup - You can use maple syrup or simple syrup. Organic sugar cane syrup would be a great choice (especially when in Costa Rica), although I haven't tried it. Let me know if you do!
- Lime - You can use fresh lemon instead.
- I do not have a substitute for Tamarind concentrate or Tamarind paste concentrate; this is usually available at the grocery store, online, or at your local Indian or Latin market. Try my friend Ana's recipe for making tamarind paste if you want to try making it!
- Make the tamarind syrup far enough ahead of time so that it has time to cool before you need it.
- You can use sea salt to rim the cocktail glass, but I highly recommend combining chili lime seasoning and sea salt. It takes it to the next level!
- Try a quality orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier instead of triple sec. Quality makes all the difference!
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I hope you give these Tamarindo Margaritas a try. They're perfect for Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday, or anytime!
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Tamarind Margarita Recipe with Spicy Rim
- coupe glasses or martini glasses or margarita glasses
For the Tamarind Syrup
- 2 oz tamarind paste also called tamarind concentrate
- 1 ¾ cup water
To make the Tamarind Syrup
- Combine the tamarind paste and water in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring with a whisk. Immediately turn off heat, cover, and let sit for 30 minutes on the counter.2 oz tamarind paste, 1 ¾ cup water
- Stir and strain the mixture into a bowl, discarding any solids. Let cool to room temperature.
To make the Tamarind Margarita
- Mix Tajin Seasoning with the Himalayan sea salt and place on a small flat plate. Prepare two coupe glasses by running the edge of half a lime against the edges. Gently press the edges of the glasses into the salt mixture, and refrigerate the glasses.1 teaspoon Tajin Seasoning, 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, Lime
- Combine the tamarind syrup, Blanco tequila, triple sec, maple syrup, and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.4 oz Tamarind Syrup, 4 oz Blanco tequila, 2 oz triple sec, 2 teaspoons agave syrup, 4 large ice cubes
- Shake and pour into the glasses with salted rims. Serve.
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