Inspired by sweet and sour Mexican Candy, this Tamarind Margarita recipe is a fiesta of flavor! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday, or any time you want to try something especial!
This tamarind margarita is inspired by the sweet and sour Mexican candy that my husband loves so much. You can find this candy in many grocery stores here in Texas (and likely in most of the US too!)
The tangy flavors of tamarind pair amazingly well with smoky tequila to make a unique margarita, which is my favorite grown-up drink.
My husband’s favorite candy and my favorite drink…it’s a perfect match!
Whether it’s for Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday, or just a relaxing night any day of the week, this special Mexican Candy Margarita is sure to please!
Related: Check out our collection of 30+ unique margarita recipes for more inspiration!
What is Tamarindo?
Tamarindo, or “Agua de Tamarindo”, is a sweet and tangy drink popular in Mexico that is made with tamarind, sugar, and water.
Tamarind itself is fairly sour, but mixing with sugar and water softens the flavors and makes a smooth and refreshing beverage. It is one of my husband’s favorites!
When I lived in Mexico, our family served homemade “aguas” every day. Agua de piña was my favorite, but we also had aqua de limon, and of course — tamarindo!
For this recipe we used store-bought tamarind juice to save time. You can use either homemade or store-bought. It’s totally up to you!
What You Need to Make Mexican Candy Margaritas
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- 1.5 oz tequila
- 2 oz sweet & sour mix
- 1 oz tamarind drink — Tamarind juice or nectar should be available in the Latin or International aisle at most grocery stores
- 1 Tablespoon Tajín Seasoning Mix
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- Tamarind Lollipops
- Lime wedges
Makes one serving; multiply the amounts above by 4 to make a pitcher.
Bartender’s Tools Used
What is Tajín?
Tajín is a seasoning mix comprised of chili pepper, salt, and lime. It gives a little kick and balances out the sweetness of the margaritas!
My husband loves to sprinkle tajín on fruit and raw veggies too!
How to Make Tamarind Margarita on the Rocks
Pour out your Tajin and sugar onto a plate and mix to combine.
Lightly wet the rim of your margarita glass, and dip it in your Tajin mixture to coat the rim thoroughly. I like to run a lime wedge on the rim of the glass. Dipping the rim in simple syrup also works very well.
Pour the tequila, sweet & sour mix, and tamarind drink to your cocktail shaker with a handful of ice.
Shake vigorously for about 5 seconds — just enough to mix and chill the drink. Shaking too long can water it down!
Strain into your margarita glass, and enjoy!
This recipe is intended for 21+; please enjoy responsibly!
To Make a Pitcher:
- Multiply the ingredient amounts by 4 and add to a drink pitcher (without ice).
- Use a large wooden spoon to stir until everything is well mixed.
- Pour into cocktail glasses filled with ice.
When making a pitcher, I don’t add ice until serving. This prevents the margaritas from getting watered down.
Can You Make it Frozen?
Sure! If you love frozen margaritas, simply add ingredients to blender with a cup of ice. Adjust the amount of ice until you have the consistency you like.
You can also freeze cubes of tamarind juice and/or sweet and sour and use those instead of ice for more robust flavor.
Tamarind Margarita Recipe (Printable copy)
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Tamarind Margarita (Mexican Candy Margaritas)
- Cocktail shaker
- 1.5 oz Tequila
- 2 oz Sweet & Sour Drink Mix
- 1 oz Tamarind Drink already mixed
- 1 Tbsp Tajin Seasoning Mix
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- Run a lime wedge along the rim of your margarita glass
- Pour out your Tajin and sugar onto a plate and mix to combine. Dip the rim of your glass into the tajin mix.
- Add the tequila, Sweet & Sour mix, and Tamarind Drink to your drink shaker mixer..
- Shake well, strain into your margarita glass, and enjoy!
- Garnish with lime and Mexican tamarind candy or lollipops.
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