The Tamarind Tree Cocktail

16 10 2009

These days when you want a drink that’s not wine or beer you have to pretty much drink something that tastes like it was designed with children in mind. Here at the Tamarind Tree we like to drink something a bit more exotic and unique which doesn’t give us a week’s supply of sugar in one sip.

This is the cocktail that I choose to drink whenever I can get hold of some good quality tamarind paste. Taking a sip puts you in mind of what cocktails are really about – dreams, aspirations and escapism. You may spend your weekdays slaving for someone else and your weekends doing chores but for half an hour you can pretend you’re gliding along the Nile being fanned by a coterie of gorgeous men.

sailing sunset

First you need to make a syrup.


2 red chillies – not ones that are too strong

some brown sugar

some water

small amount of tamarind paste

The key with this bit is to add the ingredients to your personal taste. Add all the ingredients to a saucepan at a medium heat. Stir it all up until tamarind breaks up and mixes thoroughly. Heat until all the sugar dissolves. Add more or less water as required for the sugar.

Let the syrup cool. It’s a good idea to make it in advance and keep it in the fridge.

When life gets too much, grab a tumbler and add some ice, soda water and a finger of rum with tamarind syrup to taste. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. Enjoy and say hi to the boys from me.




One response

17 10 2009

I think Tamarind Tree and I share a very real love for cocktails! For me, cocktails are escapism. The image about the Nile is very seductive, Tamarind Tree, and I think I shall go out and get the ingredients for this evocative cocktail you suggest. Here’s to drifting down the Nile, with or without the men!

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