If you’ve never tried agua de horchata then you are seriously missing out. You MUST try it. It is one of the most delicious drinks I’ve ever had. It is a refreshing mexican beverage made of rice, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, water, and milk(optional). I like serving it with spicy dishes because it takes the heat off.
Five years ago I had never heard of it until my husband took me to a birthday party and it was served there. It’s funny because now I love this stuff but when I first tried it I thought it was really gross. It was not sweet at all and it was really chalky tasting. So I didn’t try it again for about 3 years. Of course the second time I tried it, I was hooked on it. I have learned that not all agua de horchata is the same. Every restaurant and home makes it differently.
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You need to make it a few times to find out how you like it. I have made it many times using La Lechera (sweetened condensed milk) and coconut water but I have found that the recipe posted below is my preferred method. The fine mesh strainer will strain out most of the ground rice mixture but not all of it. I like the tiny bits it leaves behind. The rice bits will settle to the bottom of the pitcher. If this bothers you, you can definitely strain it again.
I hope you try it soon. In fact it would make the perfect beverage for Cinco de Mayo! I just know you are going to love it! Tell me what you think of it in the comments below.