For Independence Day, We Did A Lazy Food Hack of CocoHut’s Tamarind Iced Tea

June 12, 2018

CocoHut is a local treasure for restaurant-goers looking for flavors Filipinos love, served with speed. While the brand along with their sister-company Army Navy aren’t priced low enough for us to consider it fast food (you can’t get a meal for PHP 100 in either place), they fall below the prices of restaurant establishments for a comfortable middle-ground, offering quality food at decent prices. And when you find that you only have PHP 100 and are looking for a local flavor fix, the Teamarind will get you there with some change to spare.

We came up with the quickest, easiest way to make a version of their tamarind iced tea, the drink that celebrates the tart pod-like fruit found growing in backyards across the country, since who wants to work hard on a holiday. We found that the Nestea brand of instant iced tea brings us closest to the right flavor, and mixed it with grocery-bought tamarind paste (but kudos if you decide to make your own). Toss it all in a blender to get that light, frothy consistency, or just do your best bartender-shake if you don’t have a blender at home, and you’ll be sipping on a taste of Pinoy pride in no time.

CocoHut’s Teamarind

  • Serves: 4 people
  • Active time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Special tools: blender


Tamarind Iced Tea

  • ¼ cup tamarind paste
  • ¼ cup lemon iced tea powder
  • 1 liter water, cold
  • Ice, for serving


  1. In a blender, add tamarind paste, iced tea powder, and water.
  2. Blend until powder and paste have both dissolved and until a thick foam forms.
  3. Serve over ice.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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