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Active time
5 minutes
Total time
1 hour 20 minutes
3 servings
Serving Size
1 glass

4 cups water

12 (sweet) tamarind pods

1 teaspoon agave (optional)

½ tablespoon lemon juice (yield from about ¼ lemon)

  1. Remove the shells from the tamarind pods and place the tamarind pods in a pot. Add the water to the pot with the tamarind pods. Bring the water to a boil and let the tamarind pods simmer for about 10-15 minutes until they become soft.
  2. Once the tamarind pods have softened, remove the pot from heat. Using a strainer, separate the liquid from the tamarind pulp. Discard the seeds and any remaining fibers.
  3. If desired, add 1 teaspoon of agave to the tamarind liquid. Adjust the sweetness according to your taste preferences. Stir well to combine.
  4. Add the lemon juice to the tamarind mixture and stir to incorporate.
  5. Transfer the Tamarind Agua Fresca to a pitcher and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.  Serve chilled, over ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon if desired.

An Oldways recipe and photo, courtesy of Sarah Anderson


Calories: 20
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Sodium: 0mg
Carbohydrate: 5g
Fiber: 0g
Total Sugar: 3g (Added Sugar: 0g)
Protein: 0g

Yield: 3 servings

Serving Size: 1 glass

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