Horchata is a traditional Mexican beverage. It is flavored with cinnamon, (and sometimes vanilla, lime, cloves, anise) and sweetened with sugar (or honey). Horchata’s base can be rice, or a combination of rice, nuts and seeds. The rice, nuts or seeds are ground and mixed with water to make a milky looking drink. There are many combinations of ingredients to be found when searching the internet for recipes. Milk and coconut milk are also common additions.
Authentic Mexican restaurants will serve a Horchata beverage, each I have tried is slightly different but equally yummy.
I love the stuff.
Imagine my delight when I found out that the Horchata flavors were recently incorporated by Blue Moon into a wonderful tasting ale! This is being billed as a “Cinnamon Horchata Ale” and lucky me, one of the test markets is Colorado! Yippee!!
Here is a sample recipe (the nonalcoholic type ha-ha) but there are tons of them on the internet so go there for more ideas:
- 1 cup long grain white rice, uncooked – raw
- 2 cups (some recipes skinless) almonds (or 1 cup almonds and one cup coconut flakes)
- 1 -inch piece cinnamon bark (or ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon)
- Lime zest to taste – optional
- 8 cups water (or part milk or coconut milk to taste at finish)
- 1/2 cup sugar (or honey to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Ice cubes
Wash and drain the rice. Grind the rice and almonds with some of the water (2-3 cups) in the blender about one minute). Add cinnamon bark (other spices), lime zest and water until you have about 4-5 cups water and let sit overnight. Here some of the recipes bring mixture to boil and lower heat to simmer for about 30 minutes. Here some recipes blend rice mixture a second time until smooth using a blender. Strain Horchata with a strainer or cheesecloth. Now add your sweetener, vanilla and more water or milk or coconut milk and blend until sweetener dissolved. Serve over ice.
There were so many recipes, I think each family and each restaurant has their own. A few of the recipes did not have the draining step. I have a Vitamix blender so I am going to try to really blend up the rice and nuts and only use water, no milk or coconut milk.