Horchata is one of those drinks that I had never even heard of until I started working at McDonalds back in 2014. The first sip though and I was hooked.
This white goodness is a combination of rice, milk, sugar and cinnamon. It is sweet and some companies are even using it as a creamer for coffee. Although, those companies are also probably using vegetable oil as the main ingredient. YUCK!
Now I teach cooking and last Friday on Dia del LOS Reyes (I spelled it wrong in my picture) I was in charge of making what seemed like an endless supply of Horchata. I had students who said they did not like the drink but I assured them mine was the best… they will never second guess me again. Muahahahahaha.
Mind you I make mine completely from scratch but it is super easy!
- 1/2 cup rice
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk (I make my own)
- 4 cups milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Rinse rice with water for a few minutes. Drain well, put in blender and blend on high speed until makes rice flour. Add to pan on medium heat until dry (about three minutes).
- Add to blender with all other ingredients. Blend until thoroughly combined. Strain into container.
- Put some ice cubes in a cup, pour into cup and enjoy!
Adapted from Martha Stewart's Recipe at: http://www.marthastewart.com/1067306/horchata