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Horchata Recipe

 

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I first learned about Horchata on my adventures in Costa Rica earlier this year.  Horchata is a beverage made from ground nuts, seeds or grains usually mixed with cinnamon and other spices and served over ice. It is popular throughout Latin America and Spain, but each country has their own recipe.  No two Horchatas are ever alike and it is up to you to find your favorite version.
When preparing a Horchata, you are basically creating a homemade almond and/or rice milk mixed with cinnamon and sugar. But I’m not talking about those rectangular cartons from the grocery store, I want you to think about a fresh, creamy refreshing drink, spiced and sweetened to perfection. Recipes range from a thinner, watery drink to a thicker, creamier milkshake like beverage, I like thick and creamy, you?
Horchata - Almond Rice Milk Blend
What really surprises me is why I don’t see more Horchata here in America!

Maybe we can start a new trend.  All you have to do is grind some rice and place in a bowl with water, almonds and cinnamon.  Let it sit for at least 8-10 hours (up to 12 hours), process in a blender, strain, add sugar to taste and enjoy.  You don’t have to stop there, though. Go ahead and experiment with your favorite flavors, add nutmeg or cardamom or both.  Turn it into a cocktail, it goes great with a shot of rum or whiskey.

You can even place it in a popsicle mold for a mid-afternoon treat this summer!

Make a big batch, it will go fast.   Click here for my thick and creamy Horchata Recipe.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD

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Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!

 

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16 Responses to Horchata Recipe

  1. I love the horchata popsicle idea! So refreshing!

  2. I think we should start a trend for sure. And adding rum, ooooooh! Sounds so good. I am going to try this for the weekend. Maybe add some orange peel. Can’t wait in fact.

  3. yum yum yum! I think i’m going to make this tonight!

  4. Horchata is commonly sold at Mexican restaurants where I come from in Sonoma County, California. Now I’m living in Israel so I don’t see it anymore!

  5. Cocoa would be perfect with this!

  6. T – I love these picts!!! and love this intro to a new food!

  7. I love horchata, it is so delicious and refreshing. Your recipe looks great, I am going to try it soon for sure. (although Ronnie, if I could I would make your version too with rum and orange. Amazing!)

  8. I’ve heard of horchata but was never quite sure what it was. I think I would like mine thick and creamy. Your popsicles are gorg!

  9. avatar says: stephanie

    we just bought new ice pop molds, this is perfect!

  10. avatar says: Daphna

    How much water? How much rice? How much almonds? Please advise so I don’t have to make multiple batches experimenting…

  11. avatar says: Chaviva

    Thank you …my son loves this drink …he told me about it but I had no clue how to make it. Todah Rabah Tamar

  12. I’m really intrigued by this delicious sounding drink, however, I am not a fan of rice milk, so I wonder if I will like it.

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