Horchata is a creamy almond-based drink. The soothing, sweet beverage is a perfect foil to any chili pepper laden dish. The drink owes its creamy consistency to the combination of almonds, rice, water, and milk. Horchata is prepared by blanching and soaking almonds, pulverizing rice, and combining the ingredients in a blender and straining the mixture with cheesecloth.
The combination of blended and strained rice, almonds, and milk is at once rich and refreshing.
1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1 cup blanched almonds
2/3 cup white sugar, plus more to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 quart water
2 cups milk
Combine rice and almonds in blender. Blend on high speed, stopping to shake jar as necessary until roughly powdered, about 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients to blender and blend on high speed for a further 1 minute. Refrigerate and let steep overnight. The next day, strain through a fine mesh strainer. Add more sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla to taste. Serve chilled over ice.
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14g||18%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||10%|
|Total Carbohydrate 39g||14%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||10%|
|Total Sugars 28g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|