As a child of the Caribbean, fruit juices was my thing. We always had a jug of passion fruit, sour sop, barbadine, freshly squeezed orange or other citrus fruit juices in our fridge. Since I don’t do the sugar thing any longer…but oh how I crave those juices I grew up on. I still have a weakness for a cold glass of mauby or sorrel on those hot summer days.
Tamarind juice wasn’t a favorite for me as I much preferred making Tamarind Balls with whatever tamarind we would borrow from the neighbors tree.
2 cups tamarind pulp
6-8 cups water
1/2 cup sugar (add more to your liking)
1 teaspoon Mixed Essence (or vanilla extract)
3 drops Angostura Bitters
slices of lime
Note: if you live in North America you can source both tamarind pulp (with and without seeds) as well as different varieties of tamarind at Asian, Latino and Caribbean markets. In this recipe I used the prepacked pulp of the tamarind.
More Caribbean recipes can be found at http://www.caribbeanpot.com
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