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Mexico Inspired Recipes

Recipes Inspired by Mexico
Cool and Refreshing Mexican Horchata

Mexican Horchata is one of the staple Aguas Frescas or fresh water- freshly made sweet, cold beverages. This traditional beverage sweetened, rice-water beverage is a wonderful accompaniment to any spicy meal as its cool, refreshing flavor help to put out the fire in your mouth from Mexico's other traditional favorite- chilies!

 Horchata!

Horchata can be made from a liquid concentrated syrup available in many Mexican markets and the international section of various grocery stores, but since it is so easy to make and MUCH more delicious when made fresh, there really is no reason not to make it from scratch!

Ingredients:

2 quarts water

1 cup long grain rice, rinsed

1/2 cup white sugar 

1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces

1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

 

Directions:

In a large saucepan, combine rice, water and cinnamon stick. Set aside for 3 hours.

After 3 hours, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to cool.

Puree rice mixture in a blender until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Flavor with vanilla and sugar to taste. Chill, and serve over ice.

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013 8:42 AM by Carlos Martínez

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