Horchata? what is this exotic sounding drink? Horchata or otherwise known as Orxata is a traditional Mexican drink consisting of almonds, cinnamon and rice.
Horchata ingredients: image from noshon
I first heard about it from a food loving ex-colleague, but i sorta left it on my list of to-read until he bought in some into the office for me to try. The first sip had me wanting more. It was creamy, delicious and just the right amount of cinnamon-y (is that a word?!?) kick. You could say I was instantly hooked and horchata making became a priority, fast tracked to the top of my to-do list. (Funny how getting to see and taste something makes you more likely to do something about it.) I think i need to hire a few people to yell at me so i start ticking things off my never ending to-do list!
My version is not authentic, far from it actually. it's a simplified and modified version that creates a delicious twist on the old almond milk. Horchata is real simple to make, and the recipe can be adjusted in so many ways possible, change up the almond to rice ratio, adjust the sweetness of your syrup, you name it. I call it personalised!
If you want to read up on it, Noshon is a great place to start! I adapted my recipe from there and consulted that amazing colleague of mine.
So what do you need? you'll need a big glass jar with a lid (I used a 1.25L jar) and some patience and the following!
Ingredients: (yields approx 6-8 glasses)
600g of raw almonds- toasted and soaked overnight
200g white rice
1-2 cinnamon sticks ( i didn't have any so i used 1 heaped tablespoon of ground cinnamon)
6 cups of water (4 cups hot, 2 cups cold. i boiled then cooled mine. (Just a bit paranoid))
sugar syrup, to taste. i used about 1/4 cup (made up of 2:1 sugar: water ratio), i made it the second time and added stevia to the jar instead.
1. toast your almonds and allow to cool.
soaking the almonds.
2. soak your almonds overnight in cold water.
I found that if you toasted the almonds beforehand they were a lot easier to skin and it had a bit more depth to it.
grinding the rice
3. place the rice grains in a food processor and blend until you get a finely ground texture.
(I got lazy and just whizzed the rice in the blender to a fine powder.)
combining the ingredients
important note: Please do not let your curiosity take over (like in my case) and try the strained almond mixture, that stuff tastes nothing like horchata and is in fact rather disgusting. bleurgh!
5.serve it chilled with a dash of cinnamon and a couple of ice cubes.
You see the pretty glasses above? I love these Jamie Oliver hand blown glasses! they are great for desserts and drinks! thanks Christina and Wilson for these lovely glasses, do come back visit soon and i'll be sure to send you some dessert love your way!
To my lovely readers, you may have noticed that I've been trying to blog more often before uni starts next week. to be honest, i was excited when i first signed up for another masters, but now i'm panicking and worried about how i will juggle F/T work with P/T study AND tutoring. So apologies in advance if the posts become a bit infrequent! I promise i will try my best to keep the posts frequent!
Till next time,