Take your taste buds on an exotic journey with a Tamarind Ginger Margarita, made with a salted ginger-sugar rim.
Alright, I kind of need to make things quick, because I’m trying to get this blog post up before my foster kittens wake up and I have to feed them again….did I mention here that I have three foster kittens?
I have no recollection of these things because they keep me super busy (as if I’m not busy enough already). Yes, I am insane, and I think I have some form of foster kitten mom/baby brain happening because I haven’t felt this scattered and spread thin in awhile…
Anyway! I need to tell you about the incredible Tamarind Ginger Margarita I had on my honeymoon in Costa Rica earlier this month. Actually it may have been two…three? I WAS ON VACATION OK.
I know. It’s brown, which is like the least appetizing color in the history of food. But take my word for it, this Tamarind Ginger Margarita is pure vacation in a glass.
We had them at a restaurant called Habañero which sits directly on the beach in Santa Teresa and is known for it’s killer margaritas, according to the waiter at our hotel, Kaylor (like Taylor but with a K).
I’m talking toes in the sand, waves crashing, sun shining, cocktail sipping BLISS. So there’s no way I wasn’t going to recreate these for you when I got back.
This Tamarind Ginger Margarita is everything. It’s made with fresh lime juice and an agave-ginger simple syrup because I DON’T do sweet and sour. I’m sorry but that fake shit is gross. Tamarind paste gives it the color and exotic flavor. I buy my tamarind paste in the Asian section at Whole Foods and the brand is called Neera’s. It has a similar color and consistency to molasses. You can also find tamarind pulp candy at your local Mexican market for a couple of bucks, which will work just as well!
And then- because you know how I like to elevate things, even cocktails– I made a salted ginger sugar for the rim. It’s a little bit of salt, a little bit of sugar, and some freshly grated ginger mixed in for a little kick.
Do yourself a favor and make a batch ASAP! The recipe makes two so you can share with your favorite person. Even if that favorite person is you, they’re so good you deserve two 😉
- For the salted ginger sugar:
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
- For the ginger syrup:
- ¼ cup agave syrup
- 1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled & thinly sliced
- For the margarita:
- 4 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces Cointreau
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 1-2 tablespoons ginger syrup
- 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
- 2 cups ice cubes
- Lime wedges, for garnish
- In a small bowl, combine sugar, salt and grated ginger. Mixture will be moist, so spread into a thin layer on a plate or baking sheet and leave out to dry for about 1 hour or overnight.
- Place agave syrup and sliced ginger into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Discard ginger.
- Run a lime wedge around glasses. Dip each glass into salted ginger sugar and set aside. Add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, ginger syrup, tamarind paste and ice to a blender. Blend until slushy. Add more ice if necessary. Pour immediately into glasses. Garnish with lime wedges.