Tamarind’s sweet-sour flavor makes it ideal for sweet and savory dishes alike. We spiced up this syrup with a few hot chiles, making it a great addition to a cocktail or agua fresca.
What to buy: Tamarind concentrate, sometimes labeled as tamarind paste, is a tangy, prunelike, seedless paste that is popular in Southeast Asian and Latin American cooking. It can be found in Latin and Asian markets or online. Avoid tamarind pulp, which contains large pitlike seeds.
Game plan: The syrup will last up to 2 weeks when refrigerated in an airtight container.