Tamarind, a fruit flavor used in various international foods and drinks, is known as "Imli" in India. It has a well known sour flavor that becomes sweeter as it ripens.
To pair our Humor selection, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, with an Indian influenced cocktail, we're mixing tamarind/imli and tequila with simple syrup and knocking back a few shots during our first Drinks & Discussion of the summer.
Imli Tequila Shots
1.5 oz tequila
1.5 oz tamarind nectar
1/2 oz simple syrup
Ginger ale to top off
Pour tequila, nectar, and syrup into shot glass. Stir. Fill rest of glass with ginger ale.
You can find tamarind nectar in many grocery stores, often in the juice aisle and sometimes in the whole foods or organic section.
You can purchase simple syrup, or you can make it yourself: put equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan. Boil, then turn down to a simmer and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Make sure the syrup is cool before adding it to the cocktail. This step can take up to 30 minutes.