Horchata is a beverage made from ground nuts, seeds and/or grains usually mixed with cinnamon and other spices and served over ice. I prefer it a little thicker with a lot of cinnamon. There will be little bits of the rice and nuts that settle to the bottom. I like it this way and enjoy the little chunkiness of the drink enjoyed through a straw, but if you want it clear of sediment, you can strain again with an extra layer of cheesecloth.
- Prep Time
- 1 cup long grain white rice
- 2 cups almonds
- 1-inch piece cinnamon bark
- 4 cups water
- ½ cup sugar or agave, plus more to taste
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Ice cubes
1. Wash and drain the rice.
2. Using a spice grinder (an electric coffee grinder works well too), grind the rice until fine; combine with the almonds and cinnamon bark.
3. Add 3½ cups water and let sit overnight, covered.
4. Blend rice-almond mixture until smooth using a blender. Add 2 cups of water and continue blending.
5. Add sugar and vanilla extract.
6. Strain horchata into a bowl with a fine mesh sieve (I used a chinois). I don’t have a great blender, so I then put the pulp back through with 2 more cups of water and strained again.
This should last in your fridge about 2 days. Use any extra to make Popsicles (just pour into pop molds and freeze - you might want to make these a bit sweeter as it loses some of the flavor when frozen)
Nutrition note - This drink is overall very healthy and the less sugar you use the better, but I am not including the full information because it is hard to calculate considering all that is filtered out. Without filtering it is around 250 calories, so it should be considered a nice snack and considering the protein and fiber is a pretty good one.