Agua de Tamarindo
(Recipe from Mexico The Beautiful Cookbook; reprinted from the May/June 2004 issue of el Restaurante Mexicano)
Makes 8 servings
10 oz. dried tamarinds, peeled
10 c. water
1/2 to 1 c. sugar
Wash the tamarinds and soak in 4 cups hot water for 2 hours. After they have soaked, reach into the bowl and rub them against each other for at least 5 minutes to obtain as much pulp as possible, about 2 cups. Strain the liquid into a pitcher, dilute with 6 cups cold water and sweeten to taste.
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