Might you be searching for the tasty, refreshing, and tangy Jamaican Tamarind Juice Recipe? Let’s grab this sweet and sour, thirst-quenching drink recipe. This refreshing and tangy juice has many health benefits. Stick around the article for the Jamaica tamarind drink recipe and find its incredible benefits. Other Tasty Drinks are Sea Moss Drink and Sorrel Drink.

Tamarind pods are brown fruits with a sticky, tangy pulp of tamarind trees. In Vietnamese, you can write tamarind as quả me (or trái me). It’s a significant part of Southeast Asian, African cuisines even in the raw form. 

tamarind legume with leaves on a wooden background

How Tamarind Tastes?

The tamarind’s taste varies from a sweet to tart flavor as well as its ripeness. The whole ripened fruit has a sweet flavor while less ripened tastes sour. 

Do You Want To Get Familiarized With The History Of Jamaican Tamarind?

The Jamaican tamarind drink is the much-loved drink of the tropical East African region. During the sixteenth century, tamarind was introduced to Jamaica, and now Jamaica is quite famous for tamarind’s extensive cultivation. This sweet and tart flavored fruit has a date-like texture, and it turns brown when matured.

 

Tamarind is an essential ingredient to prepare a famous Vietnamese cuisine, “canh chua.” You can also use it in different snacks or drinks such as iced tamarind juice, etc. 

 

Tamarind pulp is a versatile ingredient used for making juices, carbonated drinks, Tamarind Sauce, savory cuisines, and all-time favorite tamarind balls. Your Tamarind balls are ready to enjoy just by mixing the tamarind pulp with sugar, ginger, and other spices; roll up and leave it to dry. 1-line recipe! Read More About Tamarind.

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Exceptional Health Benefits of Jamaican Tamarind Drink

Let’s take a look, how the tamarind adds a tart flavor to foods and beverages. It is a famous sour flavoring agent in Asian cooking for curries, soups & cuisines.

 

  1. Improves digestion: it helps to cure indigestion, constipation, etc. It improves your digestive system and effectively treats irregular bowel movements.

 

  1. Weight loss: Tamarind is full of fiber & zero fat which makes it best for weight loss. Fiber-rich fruits keep your tummy full for longer and prevent you from overeating. Drinking tamarind drink every day can help you lose weight. Tamarind has antioxidant properties plus polyphenols that help to lose weight quickly.

 

  1. Detoxifies liver: It lessens the liver’s toxicity so you can have a healthy life. 

 

  1. Releases heatstroke: it is perfect for releasing the effects of sunstroke. Try out a chilled glass of Jamaican tamarind juice this summer to beat the heat.

 

  1. Treats sore throats: if you want to treat sore throats, gargle with this drink. 

 

  1. Manages sleep disorders: Jamaica tamarind juice is a perfect narcotic drink to manage your sleep cycles.

 

  1. Decreases cholesterol level:it lowers cholesterol if taken regularly.

 

  1. Treats soreness/itchiness: If someone is suffering from irritability, tamarind juice can cure best.

 

  1. Nutrient-rich juice: it contains different nutrients such as copper, selenium, zinc, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. This healthy drink is not only sweet and tasty but also rich in nutrition. It is much better than having soft drinks, which have almost no nutritional value. 

 

Jamaican Tamarind Drink Recipe

Let’s prepare this energizing Jamaican drink at your ease. We’re pretty much sure this drink will melt your heart and will become this summer favorite!

Ingredients for tamarind juice

Ingredients For Tamarind Juice

  •  Sweet Tamarind Pods
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Cane Sugar
  • Lime

ingredients prepped, tamarinds deshelled in a glass bowl on a white background

Simple & Easy Recipe of Jamaican Tamarind Juice Recipe

Prepare this sweet-tangy Jamaican drink by following these simple steps. Boom!

  1. In a deep glass bowl or pitcher, place the sweet tamarind pods, chopped ginger, and boiling water.

tamarind pulp with water

  1. Stir to ensure all the tamarind pods are entirely submerged in water. It is natural for the ginger to float.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap for about 30 minutes. This will allow the tamarind to soften and release the flavor and nutrients from the ginger without boiling. 

Soaking tamarind for tamarind drink

  1. Using a spoon or whisk, whip the tamarind mixture from the bottom up to release any seeds. 

tamarind pulp removed from seeds with a spoon in a bowl on a white background

  1. Place a strainer over a clean pitcher and use the filter and a spoon to separate the seeds from the tamarind pulp. 

removing seeds from tamarind juice

  1. Pour 4 cups of chilled water into the pitcher and onto the tamarind pulp, along with the juice of one lime and organic cane sugar to taste. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Chill and Serve. It is natural for the drink to separate.

 

Essential Tips For Consuming Jamaican Tamarind Juice

Here are some essential tips to remember if you want to retain flavors of this delicious juice for a couple of days: 

 

  1. Use an airtight jar to store this juice for a maximum of 6 days in the refrigerator. 
  2. You can either use a fast-moving blender or soak tamarind pods overnight to make them consumable.
  3. If you don’t have fresh tamarind pods, you can use one large jar of organic tamarind paste.
  4. It has a tangy flavor; you can manage its sweeter taste by adding a sweetener. 
  5. Adding some ice cubes to this Jamaican tamarind drink can make it more refreshing.
  6. Add some ginger, lime, cloves, nutmeg, or cinnamon, resulting in different flavors.

 

How To Buy And Store Tamarind Pulp?

You can easily find this tasty pulp in Latin, Indian, or Asian grocery stores. You can store Tamarind paste in a cool, dry place. Also, you can keep it safe in a refrigerator that will extend its shelf life.

 

Final Word About Tamarind Juice Recipe

Tamarind is full of multivitamins, minerals, COX-inhibitor compounds, and many health benefits. This healthy drink improves immunity, digestion, eye, heart, liver, and nerve health. Have you found anything more beneficial than this?

We’d love to know your valuable opinion about the Jamaican tamarind drink if you have tried it at home.

Make a habit of having tamarind drink daily to take advantage of multiple health benefits. If you have some genuine medical issues, consult your doctor before adding this juice to your diet. Stay tuned for more amazing & healthy content!

Other Delicious Drinks To Try

  1. Jamaican Sorrel Drink
  2. Pineapple Turmeric Shot
  3. Ginger Juice
  4. Irish Moss (Sea Moss)
  5. Star Fruit Juice

tamarind juice being mixed in a glass jug

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 185 kcal / 773 kJ
  • Fat: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 1.6 g
  • Carbs: 28.8 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 45 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • For:
  • 8 cups

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a deep glass bowl or pitcher, place the sweet tamarind pods, chopped ginger, and boiling water.
  2. Stir to ensure all the tamarind pods are entirely submerged in water. It is natural for the ginger to float.
  3. If you don't have fresh tamarind pods, you can use one large jar of organic tamarind paste.
  4. Using a spoon or whisk, whip the tamarind mixture from the bottom up to release any seeds. 
  5. Place a strainer over a clean pitcher and use the filter and a spoon to separate the seeds from the tamarind pulp. 
  6. Pour 4 cups of chilled water into the pitcher and onto the tamarind pulp, along with the juice of one lime and organic cane sugar to taste. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved.
  7. Chill and Serve. It is natural for the drink to separate.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.