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Horchata

My Recipe

Hi my name is Crystal and this is my recipe for horchata. My version of horchata is different then most. I do not use rice at all. I have never tasted the “real” version before but I am told it tastes almost exactly the same. You can make them iced or hot, whichever you prefer. I have never used measurements before I have always done it to taste. I got this recipe from my old manager; however, she never told me how much only what the ingredients were so after that I just went home and played with it until I got the taste down. And once I got the taste down I was able to make it the same way each and every time! My family loves it, it is always gone within the day! Hope you enjoy! :)

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • 2 cups regular powder creamer
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey

What you’ll need:

  • Tea pot
  • Pitcher
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cup

First you will start by filling up your tea pot with water. Add one cinnamon stick to it and about 1 cup of sugar. Then put it to a boil. If you want it cold add ice to you pitcher before pouring, if not then just pour it into your pitcher. When you pour it into your pitcher you may see a color change, depends on how long you let it sit after it finished boiling for is if you will see a color change or not. Sometimes I see it sometimes I do not. Once in the pitcher pour the regular powder creamer in slowly mixing it as you go. Once it is like a white color, stop and add the honey. Mix that in to your taste. I put in enough to make it sweet but not super sweet. Add the cinnamon on the top and you’re done. This will make about 4 servings depending on your cup size. Hope you enjoy :)

As I said earlier I have never made the “real” version but if you want to try it here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cups of white rice, uncooked
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 ground cinnamon, plus more for garnishing
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (any other milk will work as well)
  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Ice

Items you’ll need:

  • Big bowl
  • Blender
  • Fine mesh sieve
  • Cheesecloth
  • Pitcher

First you’ll need to wash and drain the rice. Combine the rice with the cinnamon sticks in water and soak overnight in the fridge. Then after the rice has soaked for at least 8-10 hours, preferably overnight, discard the cinnamon sticks and pour rice and water into a blender. Add 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and blend on low for 3-5 minutes until well blended. Pour blended rice mix into a fine mesh—sieve two times then through the cheesecloth one more time to remove all the gritty bits of rice. Pour strained mixture into a pitcher, add milk, pure maple syrup, and vanilla and still well to combine. Add more syrup as needed for taste. To serve, pour over ice and add more ground cinnamon to garnish. 

Hope you enjoy! If you make the real version you have to tell me how it tastes like! If you compare the two feel free and tell me which way is better. Soon I’m going to make the real version and try it out for myself but I would love to know what you guys think about it!

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