Agua de Tamarindo or Tamarind Beverage Tamarind or Tamarindus indica is known and used in many ways throughout the world. In Guatemala tamarind is used to make a refreshing beverage. The tamarind pods grow on a tree. They have a brown brittle shell rusty brown sticky pulp and may contain from 1 to 12 large flat glossy brown seeds. The pulp is very fibrous. The flavor is quite sour and tart making it excellent for use as Agua de Tamarindo. The tamarind pods or the beverage are seen all over Guatemala. Tamarind is a good source of antioxidants containing carotenes vitamin C flavonoids and B vitamins. They protect against vitamin C deficiency. Tamarind is good for digestion. It can be made into a gargle for sore throat. It is said to lower cholesterol and promote a healthy heart.
Later the focus shifted from households to full scale production at breweries. This also provided people with employment opportunities as they could start working beverage jobs in a growing industry and by the end of the era people had mastered the art of brewing and distilling alcoholic drinks. Period of Renaissance Brewing became a full time occupation and masters of the art would pass down the techniques to their heirs. The advancement in technology proved beneficial to the beverages industry as it brought about new innovative ways of making alcohol alcoholic beverages were much purer now and drinks such as gin and brandy were made for the first time. American Revolution Alcohol consumption was now at its peak and the beverages industry was thriving drunkenness was common and it wasn t until the war that efforts were made to curb the use of alcohol.
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