Tamarind Whiskey Sour


If you’ve never tried tamarind before, it’s difficult to describe.  It’s a thick, sticky substance inside a long, brown pod.  You can buy it in the pod in some grocery stores, or in block form and it sort of resembles a block of quince paste.  You can also buy it in a liquid concentrate which is what you need for this cocktail.  The recipe for this comes from Pok Pok, and was printed in Bon Appetit.  I always get so jazzed when I read about Portland in national magazines.  I remember when Bon Appetit and Sauveur only talked about New York and LA.  Anyhoo, when I read it I nearly jumped up and down because I have had a bottle of tamarind concentrate in my cupboard (bought at the spice shop months ago because it looked intriguing) but I haven’t used it for anything, mainly because I didn’t know what to use it for.  I know that real Pad Thai uses tamarind, and I had filed that away in my brain for a later recipe.  Long story short, if you like whiskey sours, try this!  It’s tartness is deep and dark, not bright like a lemon.  The original recipe calls for palm sugar or brown sugar.  I used brown. It also calls for maraschino cherries, which I skipped. Makes 4

  • 1/3 C. brown sugar
  • 6 oz. bourbon
  • 4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice (about three limes)
  • 1-2 oz. liquid tamarind concentrate(click the link to purchase)
  • mandarin orange wedges for garnish

First make a simple syrup by combining the sugar with 1/3 C. of water and bringing it to a boil.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved- this should only take a minute. Let it cool a bit while you juice the limes.  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  For each cocktail, pour 1 1/2 oz. of bourbon, 1 oz. of lime juice, 1 oz. of the brown sugar syrup, and 1/4-1/2 oz. of tamarind concentrate into the shaker.  Shake vigorously and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange wedge.  This would be easy to double or triple and make a pitcher for a party.




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I am a mother of two children, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me with my Canon Digital Rebel XT. No filters or Photoshop, usually natural light on my kitchen table. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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2 Responses to Tamarind Whiskey Sour

  1. blottouk says:

    this looks delicious definitely going to give this a go!

  2. Pingback: Cocktail Party! | swellkid

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