We’ve previously looked at the apple-flavored Manzanita Sol. Our next stop exploring PepsiCo’s “Sol” lineup is Tamarindo Sol, featuring the flavor of the in the tamarind fruit.
Translated as “tamarind sun,” we reviewed this drink in a 12 oz glass bottle, though it can also be found in plastic bottles, as well as cans. Popular in Mexico, this line of beverages can be found in key Hispanic markets in the U.S. as well.
Tamarind fruit comes from the similarly named tamarind tree, often found in Asia and Central America. In beverages, it produces a mixed sweet & sour flavor, as noted in previous reviews, including Coba Tamarindo, Nestle Aguas Frescas Tamarindo, and Jarritos Light Tamarind.
Tamarindo Sol has a darkish, caramel color, with a very subtle, earthy scent. The flavor is sweet, with a fruity, almost sweet tea-like flavor. Well, it’s probably more tart at the start, finishing with a sweet, savory wrap-up. It’s different from the flavors we typically experience in the U.S. market, and as such, it’s a welcome, refreshing detour. It probably would be cleaner with the use of sugar vs. high fructose corn syrup, and using actual tamarind puree would probably enhance the realness of flavor. That said, it’s still a rather tasty beverage.
Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, natural & artificial flavor, caramel color, tartaric acid, gum arabic, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness), sodium citrate, glycerol ester of rosin, Red 40.
A 12 oz bottle contains 170 calories, 55 mg sodi