Updated: Jun 5, 2019
2 cups tamarind pulp 2 quarts boiling water 2 tablespoons agave (to taste) 2 tablespoons lime juice (to taste) (optional)
In a tea kettle bring water to a boil.
Place the tamarind pulp in a heatproof mixing bowl or baking dish.
Add lime juice if using it.
Pour boiling water over the tamarind.
Stir in agave
Cover and allow to stand several hours or overnight.
Strain the tamarind water through a strainer or clean cloth.
Dilute with more water and add more sugar or honey to taste.
Refrigerate and serve over ice.
As variations, a few spoonfuls of vanilla, or grated ginger may be combined with the tamarind pulp before the water is added.