Agua de Horchata
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.
My two kids are obsessed with it. They would drink it everyday if they could.
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.
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.
Thank you for visiting my blog today! I hope you try it soon. In fact agua de horchata 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.
Agua de Horchata
- 2 cups of rice
- 2 sticks of Mexican cinnamon broken into pieces
- 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
- 2 tablespoons mexican vanilla I use molina
- 10 cups water
- 3 cups milk
Combine rice, cinnamon, and 6 cups of water in a container and let sit over night
In batches blend rice, cinnamon and water for 2-3 min
Strain the blended mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Use a spatula to push the liquid through the strainer. Or strain through a cheesecloth
Stir in vanilla and sugar and mix well
Add the remaining 4 cups of water and 3 cups of milk and stir
Store in refrigerator until cool. Best served with ice.