Today I’m popping in to let you know about my guest post over at one of my favorite blogs, Turntable Kitchen. I’ve been a fan of Kasey’s thoughtful writing and inspiring recipes for a long time, but recently had the pleasure of meeting her in real life when we were in New York over the same weekend. Serendipity!
When Kasey asked me to share a recipe inspired by my travels, I decided to make horchata, which is a refreshing, cinnamon-infused rice and almond milk served in Latin America. So far I’ve only sampled horchata in Colorado and New York, but I hope to get a chance to try authentic horchata when I’m in Belize later this week. That’s right, I’m going to Belize! More on that soon.
You know me, I couldn’t resist turning my horchata recipe into a cocktail by adding dark rum—an excellent idea, if I do say so myself. If you want to booze up your horchata, I highly recommend adding Gosling’s spiced rum. I also tried Kraken spiced rum (pretty good) and vodka (not complementary). I have a hunch that a White Russian made with horchata instead of milk would be mighty tasty, however. Who wants to come up with a clever name for that concoction?
Lastly, if you’re tempted to make horchata popsicles, don’t—they turn out chalky and icy. If you’re thinking about making horchata muesli, do—and add fresh cherries. Amazing! (Curious about muesli? Check out my post on simple summer breakfasts.) I’ll quit rambling, but thanks again to Kasey and Matt for inviting me to guest post and please give horchata a try soon.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes (plus overnight soak)
- Yield: 4 cups
- Category: Drinks
- Cuisine: Mexican
Horchata is a sweet, cinnamon-infused almond and rice milk served in Latin America. I sweeten my horchata with agave and turn it into a cocktail by adding rum! Note that the ingredients require an overnight soak. Recipe yields about 4 cups horchata.
- ⅔ cup long grain brown* or white rice (dry/uncooked)
- 1 ¼ cup blanched almonds**
- 3-inch piece of cinnamon stick
- 4 ½ cups water, divided
- ⅓ to ½ cup light agave nectar, to taste
- In a medium bowl, combine the rice, almonds, cinnamon stick and 2 ½ cups hot tap water. Allow the mixture to cool, then cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Pour the mixture into a blender, add agave (start with ⅓ cup, you can add more later) and blend on high for several minutes, until the mixture is as smooth as possible. Add one cup of cold water and blend for 10 seconds.
- Place a large metal sieve over a large bowl. Line the sieve with cheesecloth (or use a nut milk bag or clean paint straining bag, found at hardware stores). Pour the mixture through slowly, stirring as you pour.
- Press on the solids with a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Lift the cheesecloth/bag and squeeze the rest of the liquid out. Discard the remaining dryish pulp. Pour the mixture into a pitcher and stir in the last cup of water. Pour into glasses filled with ice and serve.
Recipe adapted from Rick Bayless.
*Rice selection: I made my horchata with brown rice because The Kitchn told me I could.
**Almond notes: You can either buy pre-blanched almonds or blanch your own. Just pour 1 ¼ cup whole almonds into a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Let the almonds sit for a minute, then drain them in a colander and rinse with cold water. Use your hands to slide the skins off and proceed with the recipe as directed.