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Agua de Tamarindo (Tamarind Agua Fresca)

Agua de tamarindo is an easy and delicious beverage you must try! It’s very refreshing and it’s something the whole family will enjoy. If you enjoy this drink, you’ll have to try my cantaloupe agua fresca next!

agua de tamarindo is an agua fresca that is popular in Mexico. It is made from the tamarind fruit. Try it this cinco de mayo!

What does tamarind flavor taste like?

The tamarind fruit has a very unique sweet and sour taste. In beverage form it’s super yummy!

Tamarind is popular throughout Mexico and in parts of Asia.

You might have had tamarind before in a soda or in candy. In fact Mexican candy is how I was first introduced to tamarind.

Have you ever tried Pulparindo? It’s one of my favorite candies made with tamarind.

You should try it! It’s hot and salty… very different from our American candies but really really good!

You can also enjoy the tamarind fruit as it is. You don’t have to make it into a candy or drink.

When I make agua de tamarindo I always make sure to buy extra tamarind pods just so I can snack on them.

You have to crack open the pod and peel off the veins first.

After opening you will see that the fruit has lumps in it. The lumps are where the seeds are.

What I do is take a bite and suck on it for a few minutes until all the fruit is gone. Then I just spit out the seeds.

I think this is the easiest way to eat it and your hands don’t get all sticky afterwards.

When my husband was a kid he had the pleasure of having a tamarind tree in his backyard! So he could enjoy this delicious fruit whenever he wanted and for free!

How to make Agua de tamarindo

Agua de tamarindo is really simple to make like most agua frescas. After cracking them open and peeling off the veins the fruit will need to be simmered for half an hour.

This will soften up the fruit and make it easy to remove the seeds. I remove the seeds with my hands because I’ve found that it’s the fastest method.

After that it’s strained into a pitcher with water and sugar and then it’s ready to be served over ice.

If you don’t like how strong it is you can always add more water but I like it a little strong since the ice waters it down a bit.

Where can I find tamarind fruit?

You’ll have the best luck finding tamarind pods at a Mexican grocery store. So check to see if you have one nearby in your area.

glasses filled with agua fresca de tamarindo

Looking for more delicious agua frescas? Check out these recipes:

Agua de tamarindo recipe

This tamarindo agua fresca is a unique and tasty Mexican recipe that’s perfect for the summer.

I really hope you all will love it as much as my family does.

If you give it a try please let me know what you thought of it in the comments below and don’t forget to leave it a rating!

Thank you so much for visiting, see you soon!

glasses filled with tamarind agua fresca
4.5 from 8 votes

How to Make Agua de Tamarindo

Agua de Tamarindo is a refreshing agua fresca perfect for the summer!

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword agua de tamarindo, tamarind agua fresca, tamarind drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 362 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 15 oz tamarind pods
  • 11 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar


  1. Crack open the tamarind pods and peel off the veins.
  2. Place the peeled tamarind fruit in a pot with 5 cups of water.
  3. Bring the water to a boil. Then lower heat to medium and cover.
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool.
  6. Once the tamarind water is cool enough use your hands to mash the fruit and remove the seeds.
  7. Strain the mixture into a pitcher. Add the remaing cups of water and sugar.
  8. Stir well and serve over ice.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Agua de Tamarindo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362
% Daily Value*
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 445mg13%
Carbohydrates 94g31%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 90g100%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wednesday 18th of December 2019


Sharon Styba

Thursday 19th of July 2018

I recently purchased a jar of tamarind paste. I do not have access to the pods. How do I make it into a drink? What proportions of water and sugar do I use to tablespoons of paste? thank you for your help.


Saturday 21st of July 2018

Hmm I've never purchased or seen tamarind paste in a jar therefore I cannot advise you on to make it into a drink. So sorry. If you figure it out though I'd love to hear how you made it.


Monday 22nd of May 2017

This looks so refreshing! I had agua de tamarindo when I traveled through Costa Rica a few years ago, but haven't seen it since. Looking forward to trying this recipe!


Saturday 27th of May 2017

It definitely is! I hope you like my version!


Monday 22nd of May 2017

I love tamarind! I grew up drinking loads of jugo de tamarindo! Can't wait to make this!


Saturday 27th of May 2017

Lucky! I just discovered this drink a few years ago thanks to my husband! Can't believe I was missing out on all these delicious aguas frescas.


Monday 22nd of May 2017

I've never tried this drink before but it looks super light and refreshing!


Saturday 27th of May 2017

You will love it! It's one of favorite things to enjoy in the summer

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