The headline says it all! It’s National Margarita Day and it’s Friday — time to kick off the weekend and break out the cocktail shaker. We have tamarindo candy and tamarindo paste. Why not a tamarindo margarita? The sweet and sour flavor of the tamarindo pairs wonderfully with the tequila to create a flavorful evening cocktail. Go to the frozen section of your local market to see if they have the tamarindo pulp. Much easier! The added dash of hot sauce and lime will trick your taste buds into thinking your enjoying the spicy tamarindo candy you’d find at the check out counter in your corner Latino market.
Margarita de Tamarindo (Makes one drink)
1 lime wedge
Chipotle salt or Tajin chile salt to rim the glass
2 ounces tamarindo puree (you can find this in the frozen section of most Latin markets)
1 jigger tequila (or, make it worth your while and use 1 1/2 jiggers)
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Dash of hot sauce (we used Tapatio)
6 -10 ice cubes
- Rub lime wedge around rim of margarita glass. Dip rim in chile salt and set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the tamarindo puree, tequila, hot sauce, syrup and ice.
- Shake vigorously until frothy and cold.
- Strain and drink immediately.