Saturday, May 21, 2011

Refreshing Summer Drink: Horchata

It's been quite a while since I've written anything food-related on my blog. The long winter coupled with a cold and rainy spring has left me incredibly uninspired in the kitchen. But a couple weeks ago, my husband and I went to a Mexican restaurant that we'd never been to before and I noticed something on the menu that I'd never seen at a Mexican restaurant: horchata. I had heard of this beverage before, and even seen it made by a few people on Food Network, but I had never had the inclination to make it myself. That is, until I tried it at Los Amigos in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

If you've never heard of horchata before, it is essentially rice pudding in beverage form. It sounds really strange and unappetizing, but it is nothing short of refreshing, and unusually thirst-quenching. Upon returning home from our trip to Los Amigos, I realized that one of the cookbooks in my collection had a recipe for horchata. So I made it on Thursday, and just finished off the pitcher as I am writing this blog post.

Horchata (from Jamie's America by Jamie Oliver)

3/4 cup long-grain rice
1 quart whole milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 or 2 cinnamon sticks

Boil the rice following the package instructions, then drain and run under cold water so it cools down quickly. Pop into the blender with the milk, ground cinnamon, and sugar. Blend until smooth, then taste and add more sugar until it's sweet enough for you.

Strain into a jug with a load of ice and discard the rice. Snap cinnamon sticks in half and place into pitcher with the horchata. Sprinkle over a little more ground cinnamon and serve.


  1. Sounds yummy! Never heard of a drink made with rice.

    Here's my WC

  2. I MUST try this! I can't imagine it, but I love rice pudding, so why wouldn't it be great?!

  3. This is totally new to me, but I am very intrigued with a rice-pudding drink!

  4. Oohh! Me. Want. NOW.

    Seriously, this sounds/looks yummy. I'm so making this ASAP. Thanks for the recipe. :)

  5. That sounds really unusual! It looks delicious but I would never have guessed you could make something like that with rice.

  6. Marg, you'll have to let me know how it turns out!

  7. This is very original. Never heard of something like this before.

  8. That looks lovely and sounds delicious!

  9. Color me intrigued! That looks and sounds absoltuely delicious, and I can't say I've ever heard of it. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I have never had this, but because I'm a big rice fan, I may have to give it a shot. Actually, we drink rice milk instead of regular milk. I wonder if I should just be making my own.

  11. It is refreshing! I made a pitcher the other day, it was a something different for us, and it was a little like rice pudding in a glass!