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A glass full of ice and Agua de Tamarindo.
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Agua de Tamarindo, or Tamarind Water

Agua de Tamarindo (Tamarindo Drink) is a popular and well-loved agua fresca. You only need 3 ingredients to make this tangy, sweet, and refreshing Mexican beverage.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 101kcal


  • 15 pieces tamarind pods
  • 12 cups water divided
  • 1 cup sugar or, to taste


  • Peel the tamarind.
  • Add the peeled tamarind and 3 cups of water to a large pot.
  • Boil for 5-8 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let cool.
  • Once cooled, using clean hands, squeeze the mushy pods to separate the flesh and the seeds.
  • Strain the tamarind juice from the seeds and flesh.
  • Use a spoon to push against the strainer to extract as much of the tamarind juice from the flesh and the seeds as possible.
  • Add the strained tamarind juice to a blender.
  • Blend the juice for 1 minute.
  • Add the remaining water to a large pitcher, the blended juice, and sugar to taste.
  • Serve over ice.
  • Enjoy!



If it’s too strong, add more water to the tamarindo drink.
Stir before serving. The fruit likes to settle on the bottom.
Start with just some sugar then add more until you get to the taste you like.
For a party, make the tamarind juice and save for up to 3 days in the fridge. Then, the day of the party, simply add water and sugar.


Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg