Honduran Horchata is a refreshing drink that is popular in many Latin countries. The type of seeds or rice that is used along with various spices is what makes it unique to a given location. In Honduras it is made usually with ground rice although in the south it is sometimes made with morro seeds. It was served with our Honduran meal and it was the perfect compliment to the meal. It is lightly spiced with essence of cinnamon and vanilla, sugar and milk. A very easy recipe to make you just need to plan ahead to let the ground rice flavor the water. Enjoy!
- Rice -- 2 cups
- Water -- 6 cups
- Cinnamon -- ½ teaspoon
- Sugar -- ⅓ cup
- Vanilla -- 1 teaspoon
- Soak the rice overnight in 3 cups of the water. Add the rice, soaking water and cinnamon to a blender and puree until smooth, 2 or 3 minutes.
- Strain into a pitcher through a fine-mesh sieve or several layers of cheesecloth. There should be no grit or large particles in the liquid.
- Stir in the remaining 3 cups water, sugar and vanilla. Adjust sugar to taste and serve well chilled over ice.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick.