This is a drink you don’t see every day, unless you happen to be south of the border. Horchata (or-CHA-tah) de Arroz is a pan-Latin sweet rice beverage. It’s creamy, delicious and most definitely a thirst quencher. Since it is recommended to avoid too much caffeine on hot days, this is a healthy iced-coffee substitute.
2 cups rice (I use brown rice, but white rice is more common)
6 cups Water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/3 cup honey (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
- In a covered container, soak rice and lime juice in 3 cups of the water, overnight.
- Add the rice lime-water mixture and cinnamon to a blender and puree until smooth.
- Strain through a fine-meshed sieve or cheesecloth. If you find too much grit in the beverage, strain it again using two layers of cheesecloth.
- Add the remaining 3 cups of water, honey and extracts and stir until honey has dissolved. Adjust honey to taste and serve over ice with a dash of cinnamon.
Makes about 2 quarts