Friday, June 20, 2014

Coconut Horchata

Way back in May, on Cinco de Mayo, we had this for our drink that night.  :)  I forgot what else we had, probably Carnitas and guacamole or something.  My husband I love horchata, and usually just make the rice kind.  (Horchata is a dairy-free rice drink from Mexico, usually flavored with cinnamon.)  I love that this recipe uses coconut milk also.  The only thing is that the coconut milk is kind of hard to incorporate; just whisk really well and enjoy anyway.  I think the kids tried this and like it.... but I don't remember.
Coconut Horchata
adapted from Allrecipes

1 cup uncooked white rice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 1/2 cups water, divided
2/3 cup light or regular coconut milk
1/3 cup superfine sugar (or to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Pour rice, cinnamon, and 3 cups water in a blender; blend until rice begins to break up, about 1 minute.
Transfer rice mixture to a large bowl and stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups water; let stand for at least 3 hours, whisking occasionally.

2.  Strain rice mixture with a fine sieve into a large pitcher and discard rice.  Stir coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla extract into the pitcher. Chill completely and stir before serving over ice.

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