Horchata

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2008/03/23 23:12:50 (permalink)

Horchata

I LOOOOVE this stuff. It's funny because I didn't start drinking it--- and had never heard of it until I met my husband...about ten years ago but now I'm hooked! It's a rice milk drink with cinnamon and sugar that is so refreshing served with ice! The Mexican border is only 45 minutes away from my hometown and they have a very popular juice bar but I would only buy the fresh squeezed lemonade or watermelon...then I met my hubby and wow! I can't get enough of the stuff. I bought a box of Rice Dream in Horchata flavor and it was sooo authentic I almost drank the whole thing myself. I really ought to try and just make it on my own one day!
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    ayersian
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    RE: Horchata 2008/03/23 23:18:34 (permalink)
    Naxet76, you are sooo right: Rice Dream Horchata is unbelievably good, much better than what you'd get from any mix -- and we've tried several. They always come out too powdery. It is very addictive! Chris
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    RE: Horchata 2008/03/24 13:56:49 (permalink)
    We get horchata in a bottle in Santa Fe. I put some in our freezer so next time I'm out I'll give it a try. They also sell horchata ice cream, like a popsicle. Yum. Rice right in the ice cream!
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    RE: Horchata 2008/03/24 14:01:33 (permalink)
    I love it.
    If it's available in a Mexican restaurant, that's what I order, and sometimes a refill! It's delicious and addicting.
    I love rice pudding, too, so that might be a factor.

    NYNM - Horchata ice cream? Horchata popsicles? WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    RE: Horchata 2008/03/24 14:03:33 (permalink)
    Now that I think of it - I'll just freeze the Rice Dream brand of Horchata.
    Yay! A new summertime treat!

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    RE: Horchata 2008/03/24 14:11:53 (permalink)
    FYI: I have seen Horchata pops in a deli in Hoboken, NJ that sells food for Latino community. I'll bet you can find it other places. Freezing your own is a good idea - does your Rice Dreams have rice grains it it, because that's what made the pops soooooo good.
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    RE: Horchata 2008/03/24 14:44:51 (permalink)
    Rice Dream does not have rice grains.

    I'll look in to El Rey, a local Hispanic grocery, and see if they have "the real thing".

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    RE: Horchata 2008/03/25 21:23:56 (permalink)
    Horchata de Arroz

    1 c rice, washed
    2 quarts water
    1 piece cinnamon stick
    Sugar, to taste

    Soak rice in water for3 hours so that rice will swell. Then add the cinnamon stick and simmer for 1/2 hour. Remove cinnamon.
    Cool, strain the rice mixture through a cloth napkin, squeezing to extract al the mlky liquid. Add sugar to taste. Chill and serve over ice cubes.

    Variation: In adition to, or instead of, the cinnamon, flavor the horchata with other extracts or spices, or blend in a blender with fresh or frozen strawberries or other fruit.

    Makes about 8 cups

    Source: Adventures in Mexican Cooking

    ****This is a recipe I cut out from the San Antonio Exress News a couple of years ago and I've yet to make it. I just buy it at a local taqueria place near my house or the Rice Dream brand.
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    RE: Horchata 2008/03/25 21:36:53 (permalink)
    I LOVE horchata.... our local AM/PM has it on the soda fountain... I really like it in the morning because it tastes so much like rice pudding with cinnamon~!
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