What Does Tamarind Soda Taste Like?

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In this article, we're covering tamarind soda. You'll find out what it tastes like, what makes it special, and how to make your own from scratch if you can't find a bottle of Jarritos.

tamarind soda on a board with fresh tamarind

Let's get started...

What Does Tamarind Soda Taste Like? 

Tamarind soda is not like other sodas you've tried. It's nothing like Coke, Pepsi or Sprite, and not even natural and fruity sodas really compare.

If you like tart flavors, you'll love tamarind soda. While it does have soda-like sweetness, it's balanced with a pleasantly sour flavor. A complex beverage, it also contains refreshing fruity and earthy flavors.

Tamarind Soda Texture and Mouthfeel

This is what really makes tamarind soda like other sodas. It's a carbonated beverage, so it contains lots of tiny bubbles that might make you burp.

It's possible that homemade tamarind sodas could take on a thicker texture than your average soda, though they won't be soupy by any means. It depends on whether they're well-strained or not.

What Is Tamarind Soda? 

Wondering what tamarind soda is? Basically, it's a sweet, effervescent drink made with the fruit of the African tamarind tree. What's referred to as "tamarind" is a tacky substance inside of the pod that grows from the tree.

Tamarind soda blends this fruit with sugar, carbonated water and often other ingredients like lemon, lime, salt, ginger and various spices. 

Tamarind Soda Recipes 

Brands like Jarritos make delicious tamarind sodas, but making your own is even better. In fact, you can even use Jarritos Tamarind as a base for some fabulous drinks.

Let's start with an easy mocktail. It uses store-bought tamarind soda, but this is no ordinary summer cooler. Try it and you'll see why.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Jarritos Tamarind
  • Ice cubes
  • Mango
  • Chamoy (Here's a recipe if you can't find it at the store)
  • Lime
  • Chili powder 

Ready to make it from the ground up? This video details a recipe with flat water, but if you use bubbly water, you're essentially making tamarind soda.

Get these ingredients:

  • Tamarind pulp
  • Jaggery or brown sugar
  • Mint leaves
  • Sparkling water
  • Cumin seeds
  • Chaat masala powder
  • Salt

Wrap Up 

Sweet and tart tamarind soda is totally unique. If you have tamarind paste, you can make it yourself with a few simple ingredients, starting with sparkling water and sweetener. Or add herbs, citrus, spices and even jams to the store-bought kind and you're well on your way to making some of the best-tasting beverages you've ever tried.

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