I found numerous recipes online for horchata, so I imagine that just like with the chicha, there are many ways of preparing this delicious and refreshing drink. Horchata is very common in Mexico and Central America and along with jamaica (a drink made from dried hibiscus flowers-looks like red Kool-aid), are two "new" drinks that we've enjoyed trying here.
I did find one recipe that called for cooked rice, but that seems to be the exception, most horchata recipes call for blending the rice uncooked. I'll have to conduct a poll with my Mexican friends to see how they are accustomed to preparing horchata in their homes. Although sometimes I get surprising responses, such as "Oh, I've never made it!" Like yesterday, I was showing a friend some pictures of Gracia and I making flour tortillas...she's Mexican and admitted to having never made tortillas in her life! Hmmm...I guess I made the mistake of assuming all Mexicans can make tortillas! We grew up making tortillas in Colombia because they weren't available there...but, I seriously digress...now back to horchata...here are a couple of recipes that look promising...
Horchata Recipe #1
Soak one cup of uncooked rice in water overnight.
Discard water and put the rice,
1 can of evaporated milk, and 4 cups of water
into the blender. Blend.
Add 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla,
and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon.
Strain through a cheesecloth or sieve.
Serve over ice.
Horchata Recipe #2
1 cup uncooked rice
5 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 T vanilla
1/2 T cinnamon
1/2 - 2/3 cup sugar
Pour rice in blender, blend about one minute.
Let stand for 3 hours (or overnight).
Strain rice water into pitcher, discard rice.
Stir the milk, vanilla, cinnamon,
and sugar into the rice water.
Chill and stir before serving over ice.
If you try either of these recipes, let me know how they turn out! I'd love to hear back from you...
I got a kick out of this picture I found of
horchata-in-a-bag! Reminds me of times
we've gone to the neighborhood stores here that sell
soda-pop in glass bottles only.
If you want to leave the store with your soda,
you get it in a bag! With a straw, of course...
I also see that blogger is once again mysteriously squishing all of my lines together even though it doesn't show it that way as I type...I don't think I'll ever figure this thing out!