Horchata is a refreshing Mexican drink that we all know and have come to love made with a delicious blend of Mahatma® White Rice, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. It’s surprisingly easy to make!
Pour milk into a wide skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until reduced by half, about 20 to 30 minutes.
Strain reduced milk into a large saucepan; add the water and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and reserve.
Combine the rice flour or crushed white rice, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl. Pour in the milk mixture and whisk to incorporate well. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Pour the liquid into a pitcher, discarding the sediment that has settled. Serve cold or over ice with cinnamon sticks.
Is there any better way to wash down a nice burrito or another authentic Mexican Rice dish than with a glass of horchata? If you’re not familiar with the beverage, here are a few answers we’ve put together to put your doubts to rest.
What is horchata? Horchata is a rice-based beverage that is made from the blend of milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. It’s best to use cinnamon sticks as they provide more flavor but if you only have powdered cinnamon on hand, flavor the drink to taste.
What’s the difference between Mexican Horchata and Spanish Horchata? Mexican horchata is what is generally served in the USA and is made from the ingredients listed in the previous answer. Spanish horchata is made from sugar, water and chufas or tiger nuts.
Get creative by customizing this dessert.
Dairy: Have issues with lactose or eating vegan but still want to enjoy the freshness of a nice Horchata drink? Substitute any nut milk in of your choice instead of animal-based milk, we suggest coconut milk or almond milk.
Grains: Swap in a more aromatic variety and make this treat one of your favorite jasmine rice recipes!