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Horchata 'Rita

May  4, 2015
2 Ratings
  • Serves 12-16
Author Notes

Horchata is a rice/almond based drink that is incredibly refreshing and when combined with mezcal it becomes the perfect summer cocktail. Also perfect for Cinco de Mayo! —Chrissy / Eat Some, Wear Some

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups blanched sliced almonds, lightly toasted
  • 2 limes, zest and juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup agave or honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12-16 shots mezcal
  • limes and cinnamon for garnish
  1. Combine rice, almonds, lime zest and juice, cinnamon sticks, agave, vanilla and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Heat 4 cups of water to a boil and pour over other ingredients. Let cool, stirring occasionally, and put into the fridge to steep overnight.
  3. Strain mixture using a cheesecloth set in a colander or fine mesh sieve. Use a spatula to press liquid through first then squeeze cheesecloth to get every last drop.
  4. Whisk in almond milk and ground cinnamon.
  5. Mix mezcal directly into Horchata or pour into each glass. I recommend pouring a shot (1.5 fl oz) over the ice and topping with horchata. Add a festive straw for stirring!
  6. Serve over lots of ice, a dusting of cinnamon and a lime wedge.
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