Amazingly refreshing homemade Horchata! This popular Mexican drink is flavored with rice, cinnamon, vanilla and almonds and it's so easy to make. Just blend everything in a blender, let it soak, then strain and serve! Yields about 6 cups.
- 1 1/4 cups (244g) long grain white rice
- 1/2 cup (50g) sliced almonds
- 2 cinnamon sticks (appox 2 1/2-inches each)
- 4 cups (945ml) cold water
- 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar, or more to taste
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups (475ml) whole milk
Add rice, almonds and cinnamon sticks to a high speed blender. Blend about 30 - 60 seconds on high speed or until finely pulverized, stopping occasionally and shaking blender if mixture sticks to the bottom.
Pour in 2 cups water, sugar and vanilla. Blend an additional 30 seconds. If your blender can fit the additional liquid pour in remaining 2 cups water, and milk, otherwise pour into a large enough container to fit along with water and milk.
Cover and chill 8 - 12 hours.
Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher. Serve with ice if desired, garnishing each serving with ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks.