HORCHATA. How To Make Horchata. Using a blender, grind the mixture as smooth as possible. Combine the rice with the almonds, cinnamon and lime zest. Let this mixture stand overnight (minimally 6 hours).
Using a blender, grind the mixture as smooth as possible. Combine the rice with the almonds, cinnamon and lime zest. Let this mixture stand overnight (minimally 6 hours).
Place the mixture in the blender jar and blend for at least 3 - 5 minutes until the mixture is smooth and no long has a gritty texture. Add 2 cups of water and blend again for just a few seconds. Place a large sieve over a mixing bowl. Line the sieve with 3 layers of damp cheesecloth. Pour in the rice mixture, a little at a time and keep stirring to help the mixture go through the sieve. Once all the liquid has passed through to the bowl gather the cloth together at the top, give it a twist and squeeze out any additional liquid.
Now add 2 more cups of water and stir in as much sugar as you'd like, to taste. If the mixture is too thick, add some additional water.
Cover and refrigerate. The drink should keep several days, refrigerated.
Serve in a tall glass over ice.
Horchata is a traditional rice drink first drank in Spain and modified in Mexico. This is a tasty, sweet drink that has been around for thousands of years and is best served cold.
Horchata was an old-world drink brought to the new world by the Spaniards and later enjoyed too by the Aztecs. In Spain, horchata was made with with ground melon seeds but given the seeds were not available in the new world the Spaniards substituted the readily available squash seeds. Later almonds and rice were brought to the new world and incorporated into the drink as it is prepared today.
There's an old story about a girl in a little town that offered some of the drink to the visiting King of Catalunya and Aragon. After enjoying the drink, the king asked, "Que es aixo?" (What is this?). The girl answered, "Es leche de Chufa" (Chufa milk - which was its original name), to which the King replied, "Aixo no es llet, aixo es OR, XATA!" (This is not milk; this is GOLD, CUTIE).
The fame spread throughout the country and the name of the drink started to be known in Spanish as Orchata. Later, the H was added to the beginning.
This drink is most common in Mexican restraunts and in Californian cafes.
Even though Horchata is white and milky, horchata is non-dairy and safe to drink by those who are lactose intolerant!
This is why the horchata is a perfect substitute for milky drinks, and it has the spicy nature of Mexican foods.
And the best thing is, it’ll only cost you along the lines of $5 to make this delicious drink!