Tamarind Iced Tea makes one of the healthiest and tastiest Iced Tea to cool down on a hot summer day! Served with extra lime, cilantro leaves and lots of ice cubes to make it extra fresh!
Tamarind iced tea is the drink to quench your thirst this summer. The hardest part of the recipe is to figure out a place where to buy those brown, beans look alike, fruits. Tamarindo has a particular sour taste, a bit like lemon or lime but earthier. Just like with lemons or lime, tamarind needs some sugar to balanced its acidity resulting into that famous sweet and sour flavor we all love. The tree grows around the world from Africa, Asia to South America and it’s fruit is fairly popular in those continent as well, but in Europe and North America, not so much yet. Tamarind is filled with vitamins, minerals and is a great helper for general stomach problems, and much more. It’s even taken by some pregnant women to prevent the morning sickness, also people with dry eyes, etc. If you want to learn all about it’s health benefits check this site here.
The process to make iced tea with it… is slightly more complex than with a tea bag. But the time you’ll invest in making this “one of a kind” drink is worth it. First you’ll need to get rid of the shell and pick out the small branches that holds the shells. Then you add some hot water to the pulp pieces and let it rest a minimum of 15 minutes. This process will soften the tamarind, once done, you’ll have to use your hands to squeeze all the pits and release the pulp into a paste. Then, pass the paste through a sieve to make it extra smooth and Voila! Once you have the tamarind pulp simply mix it up with water and sugar and you’ve got yourself a fantastic thirst-quenching drink! With the pulp you can also cook many nice asian meals, but let’s focus on this ice tea. For this particular iced tea I’ve chose Stevia (all natural zero calorie alternative to sugar) as sweetener but it could be simple sugar or honey, a few limes or lemon slices for extra tangy flavor, lots of ice cubes and coriander leaves (cilantro). With this drink you’ll get through those hot summer days without problem. Perfect for a pool party, BBQ party or any summer events.
Tamarind iced tea
Makes about 1.9 litre (1 pitcher)
- 2 cups (500g) of tamarind (or the already made paste)
- 2 cups of hot water
- 5 tbsp of sugar (3 tbsp of stevia) or to taste
- a few lime/lemon slices
- coriander fresh leaves (cilantro)
- lots of ice cubes
- Take off the shells and branches off the tamarind
- Add boiling hot water to the tamarind and let it rest 15 minutes
- With your hand, squeeze the pulp until it becomes a paste and detach the pits
- Pass the mixture through a sieve
- Add the tamarind paste to a pitcher
- Fill with water, add the sugar and lemon
- Leave in the fridge to cool a few hours
- Add coriander leaves (cilantro) and lots of ice cubes before serving
Mix well before serving. Enjoy on a hot summer day!