Chilled Tamarind Drink / Agua Fresca de Tamarindo (Luó Wàng Zĭ)


How to make the drink:


  • 2 cups of tamarind pods (8 ounces)
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of sweetener, or more if needed (palm sugar or honey or other)


Directions (first make tea):

1. Peel the Tamarind pods making sure to remove must of the shells.

2. In a medium size pot place the tamarind pots with 4 cups of water.

3. Bring to a boil for about 2 minutes.

4. Set aside and add palm sugar or honey while tea is still warm enough to melt the sweetener.

5. Let it steep for about 2 hours. Tamarind pulp should look soft.

4. Strain the pulp into a wide mouth glass pitcher using a colander or fine sieve. For this you will need to use your hands in order to get as much of the pulp through the sieve. You will be left with only the seed and veins in the sieve. The rest of the pulp will be in the pitcher.

5. Now, add the remaining water. Refrigerate and serve.  And remember to stir the drink


IMG_2645Medicinal Uses:

  • Aids digestion (sour)
  • Gallbladder disorders
  • Prevents scurvy
  • Inflammation – sore throat (Native practice)
  • Resolve Damp combining with Heat (TCM)
  • Cools the body & Cleans the Blood (TCM)


  1. Leaves and Roots – contain glycosides
  2. Bark – contains alkaloids



  1. My daughter love tamarind soda so I bet she’d like this tea. She has digestive issues, so this could also help her. Where can I find tamarind pods?

    Comment by Lisa Polson — August 16, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

  2. I love to Tamarind pods but never thought to make tea out of them. Thank you for the great idea.

    Comment by jessica savich — September 16, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

  3. I would like find out more about the tamarind seed or flavours.
    I also need to know where can i buy the ingredients or the products of tamarind.


    Comment by Middah Mpete — November 21, 2013 @ 5:13 am

  4. This looks so simple and refreshing. Thanks for the recipe!

    Comment by Heather Cochran — November 24, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

  5. I have read that tamarind also lowers cholesterol and is beneficial to the heart. MR, maybe?

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