Tamarind Cooler

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 11 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 3 hr 6 min
  • Yield: 4 serving
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4 cups boiling water

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 to 3 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger

2 tablespoons tamarind paste

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or more to taste

Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the boiling water, brown sugar, ginger, and tamarind paste until the mixture is combined well. Let steep for 5 to 6 minutes, then add the lemon juice and let the mixture cool. Strain it through a fine sieve set over a pitcher and chill for 2 to 3 hours. Divide the cooler among tall glasses filled with ice cubes and a mint sprig.