While I was raised in the southern United States, I have always loved the taste of horchata at the Mexican restaurants we would visit. With this love of horchata, I decided to make some myself.
It is very easy to make horchata...it just takes time a LOT of time...
Here's the recipe I used:
You have to add the rice to the water and let it sit. All recipes I've looked at will say to have it set for no less than 3 hours. I suggest you leave it in the fridge overnight; however, before you put it in the fridge, you have to blend the rice with the water.
This makes the water cloudy, but it's getting the rice flavor into the water
After the many hours of waiting, drain the water into a pitcher and toss (throw away) the rice.
Mix the milk, vanilla, ground cinnamon, and sugar into the rice water. In the video, I used cinnamon sticks when I blended the rice, so I didn't add any ground cinnamon later. Using ground cinnamon seems much easier!
Chill the drink before consuming, or pour it over a glass of ice to make it very chilled.
I do not like horchata warm...I think it is amazing served cold! I left my water overnight in the fridge and it was plenty cold for me, but I still put it over some ice.
I hope you enjoy!
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