Recipe | Agua de Horchata

I remember going to Mexican restaurants and seeing two types of drinks in a huge dispenser; jamaica juice, and agua de horchata. We'd order a big agua de horchata to share. I never knew I could actually make it myself, I just thought of it as a special thing when we went out to eat. It wasn't until my father opened his own restaurant that I actually learned the process of making it. While it's a longer process because you have to soak it overnight, the extra prep you do before is totally worth it to have a really great refreshing drink for a special occasion. 

As many of you will be spending time with family this week, think about adding this to your table. I'm sure everyone will love it! We had this yesterday night for dinner with my in-laws, and they already asked me to make a second batch for the Fourth of July.

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What you'll need:

2 cups rice

1/2 cup almonds

1 cinnamon stick

4 cups of hot water

1 can of evaporated milk

1 cup of milk

1 cup of water

1/4 cup of sugar (more to taste)

cheese cloth

colander

large bowl

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Now what?

1. Put rice, almonds, cinnamon & the 4 cups of hot water in a bowl.

2. Cover with Saran wrap and let soak over night or for at least 6 hours.

3. Blend the rice, almond, cinnamon stick & water well.

4 Put a cheese cloth in a colander and put the colander in a large bowl.

5. Pour rice water blend over the cheese cloth.

6. You'll be left with the liquid in a bowl. Add evaporated milk & sugar. Stir.

7. Add milk & water. Stir.

8. Move liquid to a pitcher filled with ice.

9. Enjoy!

It's been great spending time in Michigan this week spending time with Michael's family. Since they love the horchata, perhaps I'll make some guacamole for them too. ;-)

If you're looking for something to make tomorrow check out the mini cookbook I made with some easy summer recipes. 


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