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Agua de Horchata
5 Minutes Plus 8 hours of resting
"A sweet and refreshing drink, horchata is often served during lunch or dinner, or enjoyed by itself throughout the day, especially during the hot summer season. Its fresh, creamy flavor makes it an excellent beverage to have on hand when you find yourself eating a dish that is spicy. Horchata is the most prevalent of the aguas frescas in Mexico. It is usually made with rice, cinnamon, and vanilla extract, but in the south of the country, you can also find it made with almond or coconut. Some people like to add milk in the preparation of this drink, like me, while others prefer it without." — Mely Martínez
Reprinted with permission. "The Mexican Home Kitchen." Rock Point (September 2020)
cups (360 g) long-grain white rice
Mexican cinnamon stick
01Place the rice and cinnamon stick in a large glass bowl and add the hot water. Cover the bowl with a dish or plastic wrap, then let it soak for 8 hours, or overnight.
Do you refrigerate the rice while soaking over night? It seems risky from a food microbiology point of view if you don't keep it cold.