If the thought of rice milk seems just a little odd, keep in mind that rice milk is also sold at the supermarket as an alternative to dairy milk.
3 cups rice
1-1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1-1/2 cups evaporated milk
12 cups water
Wash and soak the rice in the water.
Blend the rice in the same soaking water, keep blending and add sugar and evaporated milk.
Strain and serve with crushed ice and cinnamon powder.
Recipe makes 12 servings.
A Bite of Beverage History
This is a Mexican beverage that translated is called Horchata. Horchata is considered the "Drink of the gods". An old tale as to how the drink obtained its name goes as follows:
A girl in a little town offered some of her drink to a visiting King, the King of Catalunya and Aragon. After enjoying the drink, the king asked, "Que es aixo?" (What is this?). The girl answered, "Es leche de Chufa" (Chufa milk - which was its original name), to which the King replied, "Aixo no es llet, aixo es OR, XATA!" (This is not milk; this is GOLD, CUTIE). The word "Xata" in Catalan - which the King spoke - is an affectionate nickname for a child.
The fame spread throughout the country and the name of the drink started to be known in Spanish as Orchata. Later, the H was added to the beginning and rice is Mexico's answer to the lack of Chufa nuts.
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