Last Updated on October 1, 2023 by Chef Mireille
Horchata – Spice Infused Mexican Rice Drink
Mexican cinnamon and vanilla scented rice milk that goes perfect with cookies!
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Now about horchata…
Horchata is a beverage consumed in Spain and throughout Latin America, although it is most popular in Mexico. I’ve even seen ancient references to it in Goa, India – probably brought there by the Portuguese, but no longer commonly produced there. It was developed in Valencia, Spain by the Moors. The Moors were Arabs of Egyptian decent who controlled North Africa, Gibraltar and Mediterranean Europe at various times from 711 – 1492. Their largest European influence was in Spain and Portugal.
The chufa or tiger nut plant was brought from North Africa to Spain. In Spain, horchata de chufa is the most common type. Horchata is basically a beverage flavored with cinnamon that can be made with any grain, nut or seed, indigenous to each country. Many different varieties exist across Latin America. In Nicaragua and Honduras, it is made with jicaro seeds, while made with morro seeds in El Salvador and sesame seeds in Puerto Rico.
This rice based version is popular in Mexico and Honduras. This is the most popular version here in the US, available in Mexican restaurants and street side Mexican vendors
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This is such a light and refreshing drink – especially on hot summer days!
This is a perfect accompaniment to a cookie snack like these Moroccan Almond Cookies!
- Wash the rice in several exchanges of water until the water runs clear.
- In a large pitcher, combine rice with cinnamon sticks and vanilla extract.
- Add boiling water and stir to combine.
- Transfer to to refrigerator and leave to soak overnight (or for at at least 4 hours).
- Transfer everything from the pitcher to a blender.
- Blend really well until the everything is well pureed and smooth.
- Pass this mixture through a strainer and return the mixture to the blender.
- Add milk, 1 cup water and sweetened condensed milk.
- Blend well until thoroughly combined.
- Chill or serve over ice, garnished with ground cinnamon.
- Always stir before serving, as rice sediment may sink to the bottom as it chills.
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