Alright, I’ll be the absolute first to admit, this recipe is not primal or paleo in any way, shape, or form. I don’t know how to make it so, but I really, really like this sweet starchy drink in the 102o heat we’ve got going on.

I found the recipe on a website, and adjusted it after reading up here or there.

1 1/3 cup long grain white rice
5 cups cool water
1/2 tbl – 1 tbl ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tbl vanilla extract

You need an okay blender for this. But put your rice and about half your water into the blender, add the cinnamon. Blend the hell out of it. You want the rice to be broken up, and the water to no longer be clear, but kind of a milky opaque. Pour the rest of the water into the container you’re using to steep the rice in.

Put this in the fridge for at least five hours. Put it in there overnight if you can. Stir when you remember it.

Strain the horchata into the container you’re going to use for it. You can keep the rice for various rice dishes! Add the sugar, and the vanilla extract, then the milk. Give it a good stir, and pour over ice. Drink the hell out of that!

Low Carb/Vegan Version?

There are alternatives to this high carb recipe. I’ve not tried them, as I’ve only made Horchata twice now, but you BET I’ll be doing one of these low carb/vegan versions!



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5 comments on “Horchata!

  1. Lupus Anthropos on said:

    This is the basic, Mexican horchata. The Central-American (esp. Salvadoran and Honduran) version also adds semillas de morro (seeds of the calabash tree) and some family recipes (esp. my favourite from someone in a local church) call for roasted peanuts, as well.

    Instead of a blender, the locals use a mill to grind this as finely as possible.

    It is incredibly refreshing – especially on a hot, Honduran day. The one caution, though, is that the locals don’t strain their horchata, so it can be a bit rough on your throat if you happen to get some of the sediment.

    Interestingly enough, local sites of American chain restaurants such as Pizza Hut and KFC serve horchata, jamaica (hibiscus) and tamarind, in addition to their usual soft drinks and iced tea.

    • Ghost on said:

      Thanks for the info! I love learning more about this sort of thing! Around here, you can get horchata just about anywhere, but I prefer it from Mi Pueblo, the Mexican supermarket, or from my own refrigerator! It’s been really hot here the past few days, so it’s a perfectly refreshing drink!

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