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Old 01-27-2011, 02:21 PM   #1
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Mexican Horchata (rice drink)

Last night someone posted a funny/goofy vid on this drink and now I can't find it, so I started my own thread. Feel free to merge if you like

To continue the conversation a few of us were having, this is a real drink and I've made it twice. It's very refreshing. Here's some pics I finally located and my version of the recipe combining three other recipes. Obviously I was going for easy. No cooking the rice using my recipe, unlike the post from last night.
If you're looking to fool around making up something different to drink to quench your thirst, this is pretty good. It would probably be good with a little dark rum in there, too

Mexican Horchata or, Mexican Rice Drink

This drink is typically served at breakfast time and is rumored to be a cure for a hangover. With all the sugar and the refreshing taste, I can see why.

Ingredients
1 c uncooked white rice. Not instant rice. Some people have substituted basmati or other flavored rices. I used plain, long grain rice (traditional).
2 sticks cinnamon
1/4 c slivered almonds
1 qt hot tap water

1/4 c granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preparation
Grind the rice in a blender until it's a coarse meal
Add the cinnamon sticks, almonds and water
Mix/pulse ingredients (do not blend), cover loosely and let sit overnight

The next day puree the mixture, then strain through several layers of cheesecloth, squeezing the liquid out of the captured solids.
Add the sugar and vanilla and mix well or blend again
Serve ice cold in a glass with ice
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:13 PM   #2
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Valencian, Spanish Horchata

Horchata is the Valencian word for a nut, called Tiger´s Milk Nut and it is a very popular almond type flavoured milk shake ... It is sold in bars freshly made, bottles in supermarkets and icecreams are made out of it too ...

The difference is that it is not made with rice commercially.

Interesting that Mexico also has a similar nut, however, then again, the Spanish, probably brought it back in 1515 from Mexico ...

Thanks for post --- even though this is an oldie but goodie.
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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A couple of years ago, we were looking for something new and interesting for an adult beverage for a dinner party. We discovered Rumchata, a beverage which is basically horchata with rum added. Delicious!

After some research, I decided to make my own horchata. I did and it tasted good but the texture was chalky and gritty. I blended the rice mixture quite a bit and thoroughly strained it but once left in the fridge between drinks, the mixture settled out so there was ground rice on the bottom and a translucent liquid above.

I haven't tried again.
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:52 PM   #4
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Horchata - Indigenius Tiger Nut to Valencia, Spain

Thanks so much for ur post on Horchata. In meantime, I had checked my Valencian data, and I had forgotten, that this milk shake type of beverage is created from a TIGER NUT, which is indigenious to Valencia, not Hernán Cortez and Mexico ...

It is not chalky and has a very light yet similar taste to almond milk and it does not contain rice.

It is commonly served on ice to children ... they like it as it has a Malted typed consistency ...

I do not know if they sell it in the USA via bottle, through Coca Cola, or Pepsi ... they can and bottle many soft drink beverages with Spanish flavors or other country´s flavors ...

Thanks again.

www.foodsofspain.com or www.spanishfoodsofnorthamerica.com

Try one of these --- is an organization which José Andrés works with and promotes the sale of Spanish products in USA ... It is possible that u can purchase it ...

Grazie for posting me
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:49 PM   #5
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This tended to settle also, Andy. I blended it again and all was good. I don't recall it being gritty... maybe I would say it had some consistency to it

Tiger's milk. I like that! Sounds like something Charlie Sheen would drink
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:12 PM   #6
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Rumchata sounds like a winner. I wonder how Kahlua would fair with it. Will try next time. :)
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:44 PM   #7
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You can buy this as a bottled drink in our Los Angeles Latino markets... I'll have to remind myself to get some next time...
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:53 AM   #8
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We sell it in supermarkets here. I think of it as drinking rice pudding. Every once in a while I'll order it as a treat in a Mexican restaurant.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:26 AM   #9
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Recipe: Valencian Horchata in USA

Here is the traditional recipe for Valencian Chufa Tiger Nut Milk, and how to do it in the USA ...

1/4 pound or 250 grams Valencian Chufa Tiger Nuts or Blanched Almonds
3 tblps. super fine sugar
Cracked Ice
Cinammon to taste

1. firstly soak the blanched almonds overnight in water changing twice and cover

2. drain and reserve the liquid

3. purée in blanced soaked almonds in Food Processor with some cold water which prevents clogging

4. add the remaining reserved liquid and set aside for 3 hours

5. strain in sieve lined with cheesecloth or white towel

6. sweeten and serve over cracked ice with pinch of ground cinammon

Enjoy, Ciao. Thanks for post. Interesting ...

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Old 03-21-2012, 11:28 AM   #10
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True ... I had mentioned this prior to your post ... It is bottled here in Valencia, Spain and it is the chufa tiger nut milk, however, can be made, see my recipe with blanched almonds ...

I thought Coca Cola or Pepsi bottle it here in Spain and then it is exported.

Thanks for posting the info.
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