Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Horchata or Iced Sweet Rice Milk

Food In Isla Mujeres

   In Mexico this beverage is made from rice, water and sugar, flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. It is served cold as a popular type of "agua fresca". It is traditionally made by hand, but commercial preparations are also available. Its ingredients vary in other countries. Say:  "or CHAH tah"
   Here is a recipe that makes 2 quarts:

  • Rice -- 2 cups
  • Water -- 6 cups
  • Cinnamon -- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sugar -- 1/3 cup
  • Vanilla -- 1 teaspoon
  1. Soak the rice overnight in 3 cups of the water. Add the rice, soaking water and cinnamon to a blender and puree until smooth, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Strain into a pitcher through a fine-meshed sieve or several layers of cheesecloth. There should be no grit or large particles in the liquid.
  3. Stir in the remaining 3 cups water, sugar and vanilla. Adjust sugar to taste and serve well chilled.

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