Tamarind Whiskey Sour | 12 Days of Drinkmas

This one is quick and easy y’all. Another twist on a classic! I am Southeast Asian and so tamarind paste is a staple in cooking and eating.

If you don’t know what tamarind is, it’s a bean-like pod filled with seeds surrounded by a fibrous pulp. The pulp of the young fruit is green and sour. But you’ll likely see a brown fruit. It’s also can be found in Mexican cooking as well!

So this drink is doubly sour! It is also creamy from the egg white, which can be omitted, and sweet from the Palm sugar simple syrup. DO NOT SKIP OUT ON THE PALM SUGAR SIMPLE SYRUP. It goes extremely well with tamarind and is often paired in Thai cooking. I’ve included Andy Ricker’s (of Pok Pok fame here in Portland, OR) Palm Sugar Simple Syrup recipe linked below in the ingredients.

This drink might be my signature drink as it was custom cocktail I made for my 29th birthday and it was quite the hit! This is a great drink for the holiday season because it’s fairly easy to make once you create your simple syrup. But it’s a little herbal and spicy and those are flavors that I associate with the holidays. Hope you’ll give it a try and it keeps you cozy for the season.

Tamarind Whiskey Sour

  • Servings: 1 drink
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 tbsp (less or more to taste) Tamarind Concentrate. We use this one found at Asian Food stores.
  • 2 oz Bourbon or Whiskey (We used Bulleit Rye Whiskey)
  • 1 Egg white
  • 3/4 oz Palm Sugar Simple Syrup
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • Ice


  1. Place egg white in a chilled shaker and shake vigorously for 10- 20 seconds. This is called a dry shake.
  2. Add bourbon, lemon juice, tamarind paste and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  4. Strain with a Hawthorne strainer into a chilled coup glass.
  5. Allow egg white foam to rise to the top to get that pretty foam look. Takes about 1-2 minutes. Then serve!

Tips & Tricks: I don’t garnish this drink because the foam is way too gorgeous to be disturbed but if you want to get fancy, I’d add a citrus wheel and a little globe of tamarind candy on a cocktail toothpick!


foamy orange liquid in a coupe glass on a red surface

Follow along on Instagram as we make 12 different cocktails to celebrate the holiday season. Don’t forget to tag us if you give these a try!

Cheers babe!