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.

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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.