Tamarind Margarita

Tamarind is a sour tropical fruit frequently used in Southeast Asian cooking. When made into a paste (available in Asian markets), it’s an outstanding addition to margaritas. We came upon this cocktail that proved the point at the Marriott Cancun Resort and developed a crush on it. Try it and see if you feel the same.

Servings 4 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp available at Asian markets
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau or triple sec
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons equal parts sugar mixed with chili powder for rimming the glass

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over low heat, simmer the tamarind, 3 tablespoons water, and the sugar stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the mixture into a shaker. Add 1/2 cup of the tequila and shake vigorously. Add about 1 cup ice and 1/2 cup of the lime juice, the Cointreau, the orange juice, and the remaining 1/2 cup of tequila; shake well. 

  2. Pour the remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice into a small, rimmed plate. Place the chili-sugar mixture onto another small plate. Dip the rims of 4 martini glasses first in the plate of lime juice and then chili mixture. Carefully strain the margaritas into the glasses and serve.