The perfect Tamarind Margarita is sweet, tangy, and definitely my favorite of all the margarita flavors. You can now make this tasty tamarind margarita recipe at home using my easy-to-make Sweet and Tangy Tamarind Syrup!
When ordering this drink at a Mexican restaurant, you'll want to ask for a "Tamarindo Margarita." Unfortunately, Tamarind Margaritas aren't always on the menu. Luckily, now you can now make your own, yay!
Tamarind Margarita Ingredients
Tamarind Syrup—To make Tamarind Margarita, you need tamarind syrup. Not sure what that is? Not to worry, I have the perfect recipe for you. My Tamarind Syrup recipe is easy to prepare and wonderful when mixed with soda, water, or in this case, tequila!
If you prefer, you can use Tamarind Paste instead of making Tamarind Syrup. The only drawback is you will need to add syrup or orange liqueur to sweeten the drink. This step is not necessary when using Tamarind Syrup since it's well.... syrup.
Tequila— Next, you need tequila. There are a lot of tequila options you can choose from. From Silver Patron, Don Julio, to El Jimador, the choice is yours.
To learn more about tequila options, check out this Cosmopolitan post that covers the 15 Best Tequila Brands. I personally use Jose Cuervo, but I will leave the choice up to you.
Lime— Fresh lime juice is the next ingredient you'll need. Whether the limes are homegrown, like mine, or store-bought, you'll need the juice of half of an average-sized lime per one glass of Tamarind Margarita. Don't forget to grab a few extras to use for garnishing the glass!
Ice— No matter how you prefer your margaritas, blended or on the rocks, you'll need some ice. Although I normally prefer my margaritas blended, I like my Tamarind Margarita on the rocks; crushed ice to be exact. If you prefer blended, follow the same recipe, but toss everything in a blender before pouring into the glass.
How to Make This Recipe
Add Tajin seasoning on the rim of your glass by running a lime wedge around the rim and dipping the glass in the seasoning, set aside.
Stir tequila, tamarind syrup, and fresh lime juice in a glass.
Fill ¾ of the margarita glass with crushed ice, then pour the margarita ingredients over the ice and stir.
Garnish with a lime slice and enjoy!
Recipe FAQs and Expert Tips
Making a Tamarind Margarita is so easy, you'll wonder why you didn't make them sooner! A few simple ingredients are the only thing standing in your way.
To make a tamarind margarita, you will need tamarind syrup, tequila, lime juice, Tajín Clásico Seasoning, and ice. For specific amounts, check out the recipe card below.
The tamarind tree bears edible fruit, 3" to 8" in size. These finger-shaped tan pods contain shiny dark seeds about the size of a peanut. The seeds are covered with a thick, brown edible paste full of stringy fibers.
Tajín Seasoning— Although most people use salt to rim their margarita glass, I have a much better option for you.
Don't get me wrong, running a lime wedge across the rim of your glass and dipping it in coarse salt is usually how it's done. But when it comes to Tamarind Margaritas using Tajín Seasoning is definitely the way to go.
This Mexican seasoning goes perfectly with Tamarind Margaritas and provides the right balance of salt, spice, and lime.
Not to mentions, the drink will look so pretty! So skip the straws because you're going to want to taste this garnish!
Tamarind can be purchased in pod form, and as a paste (with the pulp wrapped in plastic and containing seeds and fibers).
Tamarind is also sold as a seedless and fiberless paste in a jar, concentrate, and powder.
You can find the pods and paste at most Middle Eastern, Asian, and Mexican markets. However, Amazon also carries most of these products, including the Paste used in this recipe.
Tamarind has many health benefits, which explains why it's used to make various medicines. According to WebMD, tamarind is used to treat stomach disorders, pregnancy-related nausea, and various other conditions like liver and gallbladder issues.
The extract from the tamarind seeds is even used to make eye drops to treat dry eyes.
Besides being used for medicinal purposes, tamarind is also used to flavor food in many cultures. The sour pulp is also slightly sweet, which makes it perfect to flavor stews, soups, and other dishes.
The pulp is also simmered with water to make drinks, for example, Tamarind Margaritas. Tamarind is also used to make candy, pastes, and syrup. Some even eat tamarind as a snack, myself included.
So go ahead, have a Tamarindo Margarita, it's good for you!!!
Tamarind Margarita (Sweet and Tangy)
- Tajín Clásico Seasoning (to rim the glass)
- 2 ounce tequila
- 2 ounce tamarind syrup
- ½ medium lime (juiced)
- 1 cup crushed ice
- Add Tajin seasoning on the rim of your glass by running a lime wedge around the rim and dipping the glass in the seasoning, set aside.
- Stir tequila, tamarind syrup, and fresh lime juice in a glass.
- Fill ¾ of the margarita glass with crushed ice, then pour the margarita ingredients over the ice and stir.
- Garnish with a lime slice and enjoy!
This recipe was originally posted on 10/15/2019 and updated on 11/14/2019. I cut the lime amount in half.