Tamarind syrup and juice form the base of this cocktail. Deep brown in color, tamarind’s flavor hints of sour prune and orange. The tamarind tree with its flavorful pods, is native to tropical Africa and had already spread to India by prehistoric times. Spanish and Portuguese explorers brought tamarind to the Caribbean and Latin America, where the fleshy pulp is combined with water to make a refreshing juice, sodas, and paletas (frozen fruit pops). The sweet and hot tamarind candy used as a garnish is often made at home and sold at small corner bodegas.