Horchata is a Spanish drink made of ground almonds (or tigernuts) and rice. It is very popular all over Latin America and each country has its own horchata recipe variety. Traditionally it is served sprinkled with ground cinnamon. I added some cocoa and coffe to turn it into an refreshing mocha drink.
- ½ cup long grain white rice
- ¼ cup blanched almonds
- 1.5 cups hot water (not boiling), divided
- 1 cup milk, any kind
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- TRADITIONAL HORCHATA: ground cinnamon for garnish
- MOCHA HORCHATA: ½ tsp cocoa, 1 tsp granulated coffee
- In a blender, grind the rice and almonds. Transfer to a bowl and add hot water. Refrigerate overnight.
- Blend the mixture with a stick or regular blender. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.
- Stir in the sugar, vanilla and milk.
- Serve in glasses over ice. Garnish traditional horchata with the ground cinnamon.
- For MOCHA horchata: add cocoa and granulated coffee in Step 3.
I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food. —