Horchata (Cinnamon Rice Milk)
I have enjoyed Horchata on several occasions in Mexican restaurants, and began the search for homemade. Here is a simple version (I like to add vanilla, but it is optional). Seriously, it is the best ever - and, it costs just pennies to make!
|1 cup||long grain rice, rinsed|
|1||cinnamon stick, broken into pieces|
|1 teaspoon||vanilla (optional) vanilla extract (optional)|
|1/2 cup||white sugar|
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.