At Chapala Mexican Restaurant we have delicious horchata available every day. Authentic Mexican horchata is made from rice, cinnamon, and water. There are many ways to make this creamy, cinnamony and refreshing drink and it varies from region to region. Here’s a recipe so you can make your own horchata right at home! And don’t be scared to experiment with your own ingredients and techniques.
- ⅓ cup long grain white rice (uncooked)
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cups hot water
- 2 cups cold water
- ½ cup simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
Blanch almonds in boiling water for about a minute then run them under cold water. Skin should peel off easily. Once dried, toast them in skillet until lightly browned.
Grind rice into fine powder. Add rice, almonds and cinnamon stick into a bowl or jar. Add hot water and stir. Allow to cool to room temperature, cover and let soak overnight on the counter.
The Next Day:
Transfer mixture to blender and add the cold water. Blend until smooth. Next comes the straining. You can either use a 3-layer cheesecloth or improvise with a fine mesh tea strainer. Once strained, add the simple syrup and refrigerate.
Once chilled, serve over ice and garnish with cinnamon or cinnamon stick. Makes 4-6 cups.
Chapala Mexican Restaurant serves the best Mexican food in Eugene, Oregon. We also offer our catering service and could even provide horchata for everyone at your next event! Contact us for any questions or comments about our restaurant or catering service.