Horchata!

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Hi there, friends! I hope y’all are having a great week.

We have had an outrageously hot week and a half here. The mercury hit 128 degrees last Tuesday. The picture below was taken in my car at approximately 3 o’clock in the afternoon, after driving and “cooling off” the car. It was actually higher when I got in the car from being parked in the sun on our concrete driveway.

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Times like these call for icy, cold drinks! Of course lemonade and iced tea come to mind when we want something nice and cold, but I would like to share a different option for you…horchata.

Horchata is a Mexican drink made with rice and cinnamon. I know it may sound a little odd, but, trust me, it is delicious! While it takes a little time, it is simple to make and well worth it. For best results, you will want to start the process the night before.

Although I get requests to make this almost daily, it is more of a special occasion drink. It does contain a fair amount of calories, sugar, and fat, so I make it one to two times a month, usually for “taco night.” 🙂

Here’s how I make it…

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 1/2 cups milk (I use nonfat)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups water

Directions:

  • Combine rice, 2 cups water, and cinnamon sticks in a storage container. Let sit at room temperature overnight.
  • Remove cinnamon sticks and discard. Pour rice and water into blender and blend until mixture is a smooth, thick liquid.
  • Pour rice water through sieve into pitcher, discard rice remaining in sieve.
  • Stir in milk, cream, sugar, cinnamon, almond extract, and 2 cups water. Stir until well blended.
  • Refrigerate and stir well before serving over ice.

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Enjoy! ❤

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