September 10th, 2011

{recipe} Last Sips of Summer: Tamarind Iced Tea

Tamarind Iced Tea

Summer is not officially over.
It’s still warm.
The markets still have tomatoes. Not for long—but they are there now.
I’m still wearing dresses.

I know that school has started (well, for most). And I can tell you that I’m beyond excited to get a pair of new boots. But please don’t give up on summer yet.

Buy fresh fruits and veggies, as much as you can. Freeze fruit. If you’re up to it, can, can and can some more. Keep your cooking light and fresh. Grab some bottles of rose. Keep drinking iced coffee. And iced tea, too.

If you have any doubts—if you think you’re ready to break out the slow cooker or make stew—this Tamarind Iced Tea is the elixir you need. It will wash your doubts away, keeping the summer spirit alive inside you, especially paired with some long, hard thinking about the many cold weather months ahead.

This sweet and tart drink is inspired by my favorite tamarind agua fresca, a Mexican drink made of “juiced” tamarind and sugar. This iced tea is basically tamarind juice (I buy canned, which is a lot like the tamarind agua fresca you get at your local taqueria) added to unsweetened iced tea. That’s it.

This tea—exotic, yet so easy to make—is perfect for end-of-summer entertaining. Your guests will ooh and ahh. If you use cold-brew tea bags, as I do, it’s also perfect for when mama or papa needs a quick pick-me-up or a reason to ooh and ahh in private. I especially love, love, love how this tastes with lady grey tea.

Tamarind Iced Tea
makes 1 serving
(can be shared with kids 12+ mos)*

1 cup unsweetened iced tea
1/2-3/4 cup tamarind juice
sugar, to taste (optional)
lots of ice

1. Combine the iced tea and 1/2 cup of juice in a tall glass. Taste and add more juice, if desired. The juice is already sweetened—I never add sugar, but add some to taste if desired. Once you get the taste where you want it, add ice. Serve!

*Note: Do not share caffeinated tea with kids of any age. If you’d like to share this with your little one (12-months and up), use a decaf iced tea. Check out my guide to safe teas for toddlers.

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