spiced tamarind margarita

spiced tamarind margarita

Tamarind is an oddball ingredient, I'll give you that. Most likely, you don't have any in your fridge, and you probably don't feel like tracking it down just for a margarita. But hear me out. Tamarind is such a fun ingredient. It's sweet, tart, plummy, and if you buy the concentrate form, it's super easy to use.

You don't have to spend time preparing the block of pulp anymore, and incorporating tamarind into your cooking couldn't be more simple.

Aside from the obvious use in pad thai, tamarind concentrate can be used in marinades, salad dressings, or in this case, simple syrups and drinks. Anywhere you find something sweet and sour, tamarind is a natural substitute! That brings us to the margarita-- arguably the most popular sweet-sour drink.

Here, I made a spiced tamarind simple syrup with warming ginger notes and a hint of cayenne. The sweet-sour, plum-like flavor tamarind is combined with earthy tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau for a flavorful, unique spin on the classic cocktail.

notes on the spiced tamarind margarita:

  • the recipe is written for tamarind concentrate, but no worries if you only have tamarind paste available— you’ll just use less. Start with 1 tbsp of the paste, taste the simple syrup, and add more if needed to make a tart and flavorful syrup.

spiced tamarind margarita

recipe for 1 margarita, simple syrup makes about 6 oz

how to make a spiced tamarind margarita


spiced tamarind simple syrup

chili salt rim

  • 3 tbsp kosher salt

  • 2 tsp chili powder

  • 1 lime, quartered

spiced tamarind margarita

  • 2 oz tequila

  • 1 oz tamarind simple syrup

  • 1 oz lime juice

  • 1/2 oz Cointreau


spiced tamarind simple syrup

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar, then remove from heat. Cool completely and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

spiced tamarind margarita

  1. Mix salt and chili powder together in a wide, shallow bowl or plate.

  2. Cut a small notch in the center of a lime wedge, then run the notch along the edge of your glass. Dip the glass in the chili salt, fill with ice and set aside.

  3. Combine tequila, tamarind simple syrup, lime juice and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake 30 seconds until well chilled, pour into the prepared glass and enjoy immediately.

spiced tamarind margarita

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