Thursday, May 5, 2011


This is a fun drink that uses three simple ingredients - rice, sugar, and water. My angel and I make it together since the only cutting is done with a blender.  It needs to be served cold and it does NOT work with any rice other than long grain.  (Guess how I know that!)  My angel and I

This drink is common throughout Mexico.  Many people today purchase it as a bottled drink but it is not difficult to make yourself.  The basic ingredients and technique were given to me by a Mexican friend when my angel was first diagnosed with allergies.  She thought that this might be a treat for my angel.....and it is!

Horchata (Mexican Chilled Rice Drink)

1 C long grain rice
zest of 1/2 lime (optional)
2 C warm water
1/2 C sugar
  1. Place the rice in a bowl and rinse.
  2. Add 3 C water and lime zest to the rice. Cover and soak overnight.
  3. Place rice and water in a blender and blend completely, adding another cup of cold water, if needed, to help blend.
  4. Slowly pour rice mixture through a strainer lined with cheesecloth.  This step is important.
  5. Press the rice into the strainer, stirring to help the liquids pass through.
  6. Once the rice liquid has passed through, add sugar and additional water until the desired taste and consistency are reached.
  7. Chill and serve.

NOTE:  This recipe makes enough to fill one blender.  To make a pitcher full, double the recipe.

Lime Horchata:  After pressing the liquid through the strainer, add the juice of one or two limes along with the sugar.  This really brightens the flavor.

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