James Carrier
YieldsMakes 3 quarts; 10 to 12 servings
Notes: Horchata is a traditional Latin beverage made from rice softened in water, with cinnamon and sugar. To finely grind the soaked rice, use a blender with sharp blades; it may take several minutes to blend each batch until smooth. You can prepare the drink through step 2 up to 1 day ahead; cover and chill.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a bowl, combine rice and 10 cups water; cover and chill until grains break easily when squeezed, about 24 hours, or up to 2 days.

Step 2
2

In a blender, whirl about 2 cups of the rice mixture with sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth; pour into a large bowl or pitcher (at least 3 1/2 qt.). Whirl remaining rice mixture without seasonings, in batches if necessary; add to bowl and stir until well blended with flavored batch. Taste, and add more sugar if desired.

Step 3
3

Just before serving, stir mixture (ground rice will have settled to bottom). Fill glasses with ice cubes, then horchata.

Ingredients

 2 cups long-grain white rice
 1 cup sugar
 4 teaspoons vanilla
 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

Step 1
1

In a bowl, combine rice and 10 cups water; cover and chill until grains break easily when squeezed, about 24 hours, or up to 2 days.

Step 2
2

In a blender, whirl about 2 cups of the rice mixture with sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth; pour into a large bowl or pitcher (at least 3 1/2 qt.). Whirl remaining rice mixture without seasonings, in batches if necessary; add to bowl and stir until well blended with flavored batch. Taste, and add more sugar if desired.

Step 3
3

Just before serving, stir mixture (ground rice will have settled to bottom). Fill glasses with ice cubes, then horchata.

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