Authentic Horrchata





Introduction: Authentic Horrchata

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Horchata is a creamy agua fresca made with rice, cinnamon, evaporated milk and condensed milked mixed with water. Nothing beats it on a hot day and it's super easy to make.

so first thing first here's what you need:

3 cups Long Grain Rice
1 Mexican Cinnamon Stick
1 can Condensed Milk
1 can Evaporated Milk
2 Tbs Vanilla extract

Fine mesh strainer (Optional)

You can always change the recipe because it's really to you. Some people like it sweet, some like it with alot of cinnamon. My mom always eye balls it.

My mom makes a double batch and keep the concentrate in a separate container so when it runs it (which it will) you can easily make another batch.

Step 1:

So grab your rice and throw it in a pan. Your gonna want to keep it on medium heat. now Grab a wooden spoon and stir the rice often.

Step 2: Toasting the Rice

First the rice is gonna get really white. Keep stirring your rice until you get a even browning throughout the rice grains. This takes about 10-20 minutes, you don't want to rush it.

Step 3: Cool and Soak

Now that your rice is ready place it in a bowl and let it cool off. Next you add water and let the rice soak it for at least 3 hours or overnight. You can rush it if you like but it's not the same.

Add your cinnamon stick, I like to bury it under the rice but my mom says it's the same thing. After 3 hours the rice is ready for the next step.

Step 4: Add Milks and Blend

Seperate the rice and cinnamon into 2 batches. Save the second blended batch of concentrate for your refill.

Now place your rice and cinnamon in the blender about half way. Add your vanilla extract, condensed and evaporated milk and blend it as smooth as you can.

Step 5: Last Step

Grab your favorite pitcher and fill it up halfway with water. My mom added a little extra condensed milk to sweeten it up a bit.

If your using a strainer place it on top of the pitcher and pour your rice blend in. If you like it a little sweeter you can add some more condensed milk or sugar to taste.

Finally grab a cup with some ice and pour that liquid white gold down your throat hole haha.



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    18 Discussions

    This looks awesome! I think I will give it a try tomorrow!

    AAAH! YES! I love horchata! Thank you so much for making this tutorial!

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    I'm really excited to make my favorite drink! how much water would you suggest adding? Thanks for posting.

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    for this recipe I think it should make a good 2-3 gallons, you can make up to 4 but you'd have to add 1 more can of both milks

    But I have heard the original in Spain is made with chufa, a plant that makes little potato like spud and they are ground up instead of using rice. It gives it a nutty flavor

    You are right. The original horchata comes from de mediterranean coast. And they make it with chufa and water, into one mixer. When the chufa is milled, be filtered, and the result is a refreshing liquid. This is, approximately, the process of cooking of horchata.

    The recipe came from Spain and then as rice came more plentiful they switched.

    I love unique traditional drinks. I am having trouble imagining the flavor of this, but it reminds me of what we did when I was young. Cooked rice with cinamon and brown sugar sprinkled on it, then doused with a bit of milk. This is of course a much more complex flavor that I'm going to have to try.

    I'll make sure not to rush it. ;-)

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    Just did a wikipedia search on "Horrchata"'s a good read, different ingredients for different parts of the world.

    Thanks for the education.