MMM Horchata! This delicious drink deserves more recognition. It is so creamy and refreshing on hot days. Plus it’s fun to say. The H is silent, just so you know 😉 Hor-cha-ta….cha cha cha…
There are many ways to make horchata and this recipe allows for flexibility to allow you to customize it to your taste buds. I have been really itching to make a true Salvadoran Horchata, but haven’t been able to source the morro seeds which make it unique. I will keep searching, and in the meantime, enjoy sipping this Mexican-style horchata.
It may seem like a lot of work, which is why most people make horchata from a ready mix, but to me I find comfort knowing I am feeding my family the best quality ingredients possible. No chemicals/preservatives, and no refined sugars here…just pure, creamy goodness. Enjoy the process. Savour the smells of the cinnamon and nuts as you move through each step. Add a little sprinkle of love and make your horchata all the more special.
– 1 cup of a mixture of almonds, cashews, peanuts, sesame seeds, and/or pumpkin seeds (I usually use 1/2 a cup of almonds and then about a T of the other ingredients to equal one cup. Free free to omit or substitute any of the nuts/seeds to make it your own)
– 4 cups water
– 4 sticks of cinnamon
If you have a spice grinder, food processor, or Vitamix, grind rice and nuts/seeds to a flour. If you don’t have any of these machines, chop the rice and nuts/seeds finely.
Place in a bowl and add the 4 cups of water and 4 cinnamon sticks. Cover and leave overnight. In the morning remove the cinnamon sticks and blend the mixture to a smooth consistency. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or squeeze through a nut milk bag. Add:
– 4 more cups of water
– 3/4 cup coconut sugar
– a splash of vanilla extract
and the reserved cinnamon sticks. Allow to chill and serve over ice. Sip your way to heaven while dreaming of somewhere tropical!
*Note: for a speedy horchata or to use up leftover rice- use 2 cups of cooked rice and instead of soaking overnight, soak for a few hours to soften the nuts. Follow above recipe. The flavour is much better in the original recipe, however this is a great way to use up leftovers!
Enjoy ❤ ❤