Recipe type: Beverage
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Serves: 4
Inspired by the famous Mexican agua fresca, this is a drink you will want to have on hand this summer.
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups milk
  • ⅔ cup rice flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • water, as needed
  1. Make a simple syrup by mixing the water and sugar together in a small saucepan and heating it slowly so that all of the sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Allow it to simmer lightly for approximately 2 minutes. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool. This can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.
  2. In a blender pitcher, combine the milk, rice flour, cinnamon, vanilla, and simple syrup. Blend for one minute. Stop the blender and add the ice. Blend until the ice is incorporated. Pour the horchata into a tall glass pitcher or container and chill it for a few hours before serving. Chilling not only serves to cool the drink but also to allow the rice flour to blend into the drink, so as to avoid any chalky texture. Stir or shake the mixture well before serving as flour sediment will settle at the bottom. Serve over ice.
Recipe by kelly yandell at http://www.themeaningofpie.com/2013/05/horchata/