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Tamarind and limoncello cocktail puts an exotic spin on happy hour

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina resides in Italy, cooking and photographing her family's interesting meals on Apron and Sneakers. After moving to Italy in 1999 from the Philippines, she has traveled extensively around the country and the rest of ...

Get out of your cocktail rut with the unique flavors of tamarind and limoncello

They just go together, summer and ice-cold drinks. When it's hot, there's nothing better than to sit down in the shade with a cocktail.

My choice of fruit right now is tamarind. It's a sweet and sour fruit found in Asia and Africa that has already gained popularity across the globe because it's so good and used frequently in cooking. In Asia, it is used as a souring agent in savory dishes and as candies when they are ripe and sweeter. Another way to enjoy it is by drinking it as juice, which is readily available in lots of stores. (You can also buy it online or make your own.)

With the heat in mind, here is a drink I made that's so quick and easy that it takes less than five minutes to put together. I love the refreshing, sweet combination of tamarind and lemon in this super-simple cocktail.

Get out of your cocktail rut with the unique flavors of tamarind and limoncello

Ice-cold tamarind and limoncello cocktail recipe

If you are looking for a new flavor for your summer cocktails, this tamarind juice with limoncello blends very well in a refreshing, spiked summer drink.

Serves 1

Total time: 5 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons tamarind syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons limoncello
  • Fresh mint
  • Ice


  1. In a glass, mix the tamarind syrup and water. Adjust the quantity of syrup according to your taste.
  2. Mix in the limoncello, and then add the ice.
  3. Garnish with mint, and serve immediately.

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