My mother taught me this easy horchata recipe because she knows how much I love this “agua fresca” (refreshing flavored water). There are many flavors of agua fresca. Some of my favorites are: jamaica (a tart drink made from hibiscus flowers), fresas (strawberries), sandia (watermelon), melon (cantalope) and of course, horchata, made from rice and cinnamon.
Horchata is really simple and fast to make – perfect for those hot summer days or for Cinco de Mayo:
Authentic Horchata Mexican Rice Drink
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup Long Grain White Rice
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 & 1/2 cups Sugar (or more to taste)
- 1 dash Nutmeg
- 2 quart Pitcher
Put rice and cinnamon sticks in blender and fill blender with enough water to cover ingredients. Allow to soak for a 1/2 hour or so. Blend ingredients in blender. Strain mixture into pitcher and pour additional water through strainer (enough to fill pitcher 3/4 of the way). This will extract the flavor from the rice mixture. Dispose of the remaining rice in strainer. Stir in sugar to rice drink to taste. This is a sweet drink so the more sugar the better! Chill and serve with ice.
For a sugar-free version, you can substitute sugar for Splenda. Also, for a little kick, why not add a little rum to the drink and turn it into a summery cocktail?
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