Tamarind Bourbon Smash

tamarind bourbon smash

This tamarind bourbon smash is a fun & delicious twist on the classic whiskey smash! It’s made with whiskey, lemons, mint leaves, and simple syrup. In this version we use tamarind syrup instead of simple syrup.

The lemons and mint leaves are muddled to express their juices and natural oils, then shaken with whiskey, tamarind syrup, and lots of ice. It’s very refreshing!

I recently had my very first pop-up at the Japanese-American Cultural & Community Center, and this was the 2nd drink pairing from my 5-course menu. I paired this cocktail with with my Tortas Ahogadas, and it was the perfect drink to balance the spicy salsa-drowned sandwich. 

Ingredients  

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz tamarind syrup
  • 3 lemon wedges
  • 5 mint leaves
  • Ice
  • Club soda- this is optional!

What is tamarind?

Tamarind is technically a fruit that is native to Asia and Africa. It grows on trees and produces pods of fruit that are sweet & sour. Tamarind is used across many different cultures for different things, but one of my favorite ways to use it is in drinks!

Tamarind syrup 

You can buy tamarind syrup to make this cocktail, but in my opinion they don’t taste very good. 

It’s really not difficult to make at home, and it will keep in the fridge for at least 3 months. I make a huge batch every few months for my dad- he loves this stuff and make agua de tamarindo with it. 

See my recipe here to make it at home!

tamarind bourbon smash

Tamarind Bourbon Smash

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz tamarind syrup
  • 3 lemon wedges
  • 5 mint leaves
  • ice
  • club soda optional

Instructions
 

  • Muddle the lemon wedges and mint leaves in a shaker until juices and oils are expressed. Add tamarind syrup, bourbon, and ice. Shake vigorously for 5 seconds, then strain over fresh ice. Top with club soda if you want it bubbly.

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Hugh Luo-Tatebe

    5 stars
    A bourbon smash is one of my favourite drinks, especially with a GOOD whiskey. I’m always on the lookout for fun and interesting variations, and this has been one of the most interesting and enjoyable recipes out there. The tamarind gives such a unique flavour to it that plays so well with the bourbon. I used the TINCUP whiskey for its clean and smooth taste and it paired super well with the complex tamarind syrup. Thanks!

  2. Adrian Alexander

    5 stars
    This is by far one of my faves especially to entertain people with! Pair this with your carne asada recipe and all your friends will hype you up.

  3. Jenny

    5 stars
    I tried and it did not disappoint. Love all your recipes.

  4. mypink.journal

    5 stars
    What a delicious recipe! You had me at Tamarindo. Yumm

  5. @vvenn

    5 stars
    I made the tamarind syrup to use in other drinks and it was delicious!!

    @vvenn

  6. Angeline Huynh

    5 stars
    I loved making this!!! So simple and so good! Thanks, @angeline.huynh43

  7. taorninseattle

    5 stars
    I love the combination of bourbon and tamarind!! My favorite is to make a whiskey sour with tamarind — one of my guests’ favorites in our housewarming!! — taorninseattle on Instagram

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