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Horchata-Cinnamon Scented Rice Milk

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Servings: Makes 3 quarts, 10-12 servings
 
Comments:
Horchata is a traditional Mexican and 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.

Ingredients:
2 cups long grain white rice
10 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar, or more to taste
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Ice Cubes
Cinnamon-Sugar (optional)

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

2. In a blender, whirl about 2 cups of the rice mixture with 1 cup sugar, 4 teaspoons vanilla, and 1 1/2 teaspoons ground 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.

3. Just before serving, stir mixture (ground rice will have settled to bottom). Fill glasses with ice cubes, then horchata and if desired top with a few sprinkles of Cinnamon-Sugar.

Makes 3 quarts, 10-12 servings.

Source: Sunset Magazine
Date: March 7, 2003

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