How To Make a Tamarind Margarita

So you would like to make an exotic tamarind margarita at home, perhaps to impress everyone at your next dinner party, or just to enjoy after a long, stressful day at work? Tamarind margaritas are made from the seed pods of the tropical tamarind tree. For most of us that means purchasing our tamarind in pulp form to use in our luscious tamarind margaritas. If you can't find tamarind pulp in your area you can do a google search for many suppliers online.

  1. First, you'll need a margarita glass of course! To prepare it for the divine drink it's going to hold you'll need some coarse salt, some chili powder and a small even saucer. Place about 1/8 cup of salt into the saucer; add 1/2 tsp of the chili powder and stir to combine.
  2. Next, slice a lime into wedges and use one wedge to moisten the rim of the margarita glass. Swirl the moistened rim in the salt and chili powder mixture to coat it. Set the glass aside. Reserve the lime wedges for later garnish!
  3. Pull out your blender. (be sure it's clean!) Add the following into the blender:
    • 1/2 tsp. of tamarind pulp
    • 1 tbsp. of simple sugar syrup
    • 2 oz. of silver tequila
    • 1 oz. Grand Marnier
    • 1/2 oz. lime juice
    • 1/2 oz. orange juice (For the juices you can use canned or frozen, but fresh squeezed adds the most flavor and using them for garnish is a nice touch too!)
  4. Secure the lid; you want to drink the tamarind margarita, not clean it from your kitchen cabinets! Blend on medium speed for about three minutes or until the pulp is fully blended into the mixture and you do not see any pieces of the pulp.
  5. Next, add a cup of ice cubes into the blender. Secure the lid and blend on high speed for about 2 minutes. You want the ice to be thoroughly crushed and have a light slushy consistency. If you over blend all is not lost. Just add a few more ice cubes and blend again to get the consistency you like.
  6. The last and final step for the tropical tamarind margarita is to pour the mixture from the blender into a fine mesh sieve to strain away any large tamarind pulp pieces that are left. The mixture is then poured into the prepared margarita glass. Garnish with lime and orange wedges and you're ready to enjoy!


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