Horchata is a delightful and refreshing beverage that originates from Spain and is popular in many Latin American countries. This recipe creates a version of Horchata that blends ground rice and almonds, with a subtle hint of lime to add a tangy twist. Depending on your preference, you can adjust the amount of water to create a thinner or more creamy drink.
- Large Bowl
- 3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
- 2 cups blanched almonds
- 1 cinnamon stick 3 inches
- 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest
- 4 cups hot water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup cold water
- Ground cinnamon optional
- Lime slices optional
- Begin by placing the rice in a blender. Cover and process for 2-3 minutes until the rice is very fine. Transfer the ground rice to a large bowl.
- Add the blanched almonds, cinnamon stick, lime zest, and hot water to the bowl with the ground rice. Cover the bowl and let it stand at room temperature for 8 hours.
- After the standing time, discard the cinnamon stick. Transfer the rice mixture back to the blender. Cover and process for 3-4 minutes until the mixture is smooth.
- Add sugar to the blender and continue to process until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Position a strainer over a pitcher and line it with a double layer of cheesecloth. Pour the rice mixture over the cheesecloth. Use a ladle to press the mixture through the strainer.
- Stir in the cold water. Serve the Horchata over ice. If desired, you can sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top and serve with lime slices and additional cinnamon sticks.
Per 3/4 cup serving: 134 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.
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