One of my very dear friends, Manifest Mom, had shared with me a recipe for horchata that she had come across on AllRecipes. You can find the original recipe there, I have used Lola’s recipe as a starting point and, as always, modified it from there.
For those of you who, like me, are horchata virgins, horchata is a delicious drink made from rice. It has cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, and a tiny bit of milk, and kind of tastes like, as Manifest Mom said, rice pudding in drink form.
You will need:
1 2/3 cup uncooked white rice
5 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1 T vanilla extract (Lola used 1/2 T…but again…I love vanilla.)
1 T cinnamon (Lola used 2, but I found it slightly harder to drink that way. If you like cinnamon, use 2 T. If you only want a little, use 1 T)
1/2 cup sugar (Lola’s recipe called for 2/3 cup, but I like things a little less sweet)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Soak time: 3 hours
Yields: 6 cups
In a blender, combine rice and water, blend until rice begins to break up, for me this took about 3 minutes. Let sit for 3 hours.
Strain rice from liquid and discard. Stir the milk, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla into the rice water, chill and stir before serving over ice.