Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind Vodka and seltzer celebrates the unexpected

Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind , photo provided by Smirnoff
Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind , photo provided by Smirnoff /

Whether it is Dia de los Muertos, Cinco de Mayo or a thirst for sweet, spicy beverage, Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind Vodka is waiting to be enjoyed. While some might be unfamiliar with the tamarind flavor, it is one that everyone will soon remember and want to enjoy over and over.

Once a seasonal spirit, the Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind Vodka looked to bring some bold flavors to the glass. While tamarind might be a classic flavor in Mexican cuisine, others might not be quite as familiar. From a classic candy to an ingredient in various recipe, the nuanced flavor is should not be overlooked.

Recently, Smirnoff celebrated the flavored vodka by offering sweet and savory food and beverage pairings that were might to excite people with a different take on the classic Mexican food dishes. While a taco or a burrito will always have a place on the table, a few ingredient swaps can make that first bite seem almost like a totally new eating experience.

Since the Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind Vodka has that contrast of sweet and spicy, the suggested food pairings capture that juxtaposition. For example, a guava empanada is a dessert option for that traditional savory food. The flavorful guava is contrasted with the cream cheese and flaky dough.

Consider pairing the guaca empanada with a Spicy Tama-Rita. While many people associate the margarita with tequila, it doesn’t have to be the only spirit in the glass. The sweet, spice and sour plays off the flavors in the guava empanada. Plus, with the Tajin rim, that little spicy, salty kick makes the guava seem even a touch sweeter.

Here’s how to make a Spicy Tama-Rita.


  • 2 oz Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind
  • .75 oz Lime juice
  • .75 oz Simple syrup
  • Tajin Rim, lime wheel and chili pepper for garnish


  • Combine ingredients and pour over ice. Add garnish.

While this relatively simple cocktail is bursting with flavor, it isn’t the only choice on the shelf. The Smirnoff Ice Poco Pico Variety Pack brings all the flavor but doesn’t require a cocktail shaker. With flavors like, Spicy Tamarind, Mango Chili, Pineapple Jalapeño, Spicy Margarita, the seltzer captures that spicy yet with a hint of sweet. Even the spice adverse would happily sip on these cocktails.

Thinking about these beverages, the same idea of contrasting flavors in a food and beverage pairing would work well. From a dessert, like a pineapple upside-down cake to some shrimp skewers, the options are many.

And, these seltzers are just as enjoyable as a solo sipper. Why not enjoy a sunny afternoon with a cocktail in hand. After all, a little spicy flavor can offer a little cooling effect in the heat.

Both the Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind Vodka and Smirnoff Ice Pop Pick Variety Pack are available at various retailers.