Make your own Authentic Horchata! A wonderfully milky Mexican beverage made with rice and almonds, lightly sweetened with sugar and enhanced with cinnamon and vanilla.
We first experienced Horchata during a visit to Mexico, where street vendors in colorful clothing were selling it by iced glassfuls. This nectar of the gods, so to speak, is creamy and rich with cinnamon.
1 cup uncooked white long-grain rice
1/4 c. blanched almonds (these can be omitted if you don’t have any on hand)
5 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 sticks cinnamon
1/3 cup white sugar
Combine the rice and water into a blender and blend for 2 minutes straight. Add the blanched almonds and cinnamon sticks and let it set at room temperature overnight.
Strain the rice water into a pitcher and discard the rice (or use it in a rice pudding recipe!)
Add the milk, vanilla, and sugar into the rice water, stirring well to thoroughly mix.
Chill and stir well, serve in a tall glass over ice.
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