Chile mote con huesillos is a non-alcohol drink found in stands all over Chile especially in the summer time. It is made with dried peaches and mote which is a hulled wheat. If you can’t find mote, a pearl barley can be substituted. You don’t eat the mote it is just used to flavor this slightly sweet refreshing drink.
One of the things I love most about this journey is coming across these recipes that are completely different from anything I have had before. This Chile mote con huesillos is one of them. I loved this drink it was sweet, but not too sweet and refreshing with a lovely peach flavor. The mote added a depth to the drink that made it seem substantial. This is very Chilean, there is a saying in Chile is it more Chilean than Mote con Huesillos?
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Mote Con Huesillos (A Wheat and Peach Drink)
- 8 ounces dried peach halves
- 5 cups water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 stick cinnamon
- Lemon or orange peel
- 1 cup mote or pearled barley cooked by package instructions
- Combine dried peaches and water and soak overnight in refrigerator to re-hydrate.
- In a large heavy pot, pour sugar and cook over medium heat, moving pan frequently but not stirring until the sugar melts and takes on a light amber hue.
- Off heat, careful to avoid any steam or sputtering, add one cup of the soaking water from the peaches.
- Stir over medium heat until the caramel has dissolved.
- Add the remaining soaking water, peaches, cinnamon stick and lemon (or orange) peel.
- Return to a simmer and cook until tender, about 30 minutes.
- Cool to room temperature then chill until cold.
- Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of cooked mote or barley to the bottom of a tall glass.
- Add 2 to 3 peach halves and top off with juice.
- Stir in additional sugar or honey to taste.
- Serve with a spoon to break up the peaches.