This refreshing, delicately floral drink features the tart tropical fruit tamarind, plus rose water. In St. Louis chef Mawda Altayan's native Syria, the drink is a household staple and sold by street vendors.
Tamarind is a tropical pod with a sticky brown flesh that is both tangy and sweet. It is usually found at Latin, Asian or Middle Eastern markets in pulp form, either as a sticky shelf-stable cake or frozen in bags. Avoid purees or syrups; the pulp has more flavor and complexity.