Authentic Mexican Horchata“It’s the holiday season.”

LOL, I can’t get that song out of my head.

Maybe it’s because today is Day 1 of the second annual Simply Sophisticated Cooking’s 13-Day Holiday Challenge.

This is the second year that I’m challenging myself to 13 Days of back to back posts. Last season was cookies, this season is DIY food gifts.

Authentic Mexican Horchata These are do-it-yourself food gifts in two ways.

Number 1: You make the gift.

Number 2: The receiver of your gifts finishes up the gift by adding the rest of the ingredients and cooks or bakes it.

These DIY food gifts include all the unperishable ingredients in the form of ready to use mixes.

Toss them in a pretty gift bag, add a recipe card and any cooking accessories that you like and you have a fantastic gift for the foodie or up and coming cook.

Authentic Mexican HorchataDay 1 is all about homemade Mexican Horchata.

This easy to make drink is not only more refreshing when made at home but you can reduce the amount of sugar and added ingredients by making it yourself.

And no cooking required. Just a little time and patience. Doing the soaking part overnight makes it really easy. You can set the rice, almonds and cinnamon to soak, covered with a towel, overnight and get up the next day and make your horchata.

Authentic Mexican HorchataThe straining is one of the most important parts. Too many solids can ruin the texture of the drink, leaving it feeling gritty in the mouth.

I found starting with two layers of cheesecloth and increasing a layer each time I strain it allowed me to remove most of the solids, leaving a beautiful yummy horchata behind.

Authentic Mexican HorchataAuthentic Mexican Horchata depends on the recipe you use. Some use just rice, cinnamon and vanilla with water. Others use a variety of nuts, milks and spices. And if you want to make it vegan, use almond or soy milk.

It’s supposed to be fun. Make a batch for yourself while you’re making up the holiday gifts. After all, you deserve some of this delicious Mexican treat yourself as well.

And don’t be afraid to experiment and change things up to match your tastebuds or those of the person you are giving the Mexican horchata gift to. Part of the fun of cooking and playing with food is the trying new things.

Happy Holidays!!!

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Authentic Mexican Horchata Yum
Cinnamon, vanilla, almonds and rice make this refreshing authentic Mexican drink.
Authentic Mexican Horchata
Prep Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 6 to 8 hours
Prep Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 6 to 8 hours
Authentic Mexican Horchata
  1. Place the rice, almonds and cinnamon stick in 3 cups of water in a glass bowl. Cover with a cloth and soak for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Pour rice mix into a blend and puree until smooth. Strain into a pitcher using a fine mesh or cheese cloth. You might need to strain a couple of times to remove the majority of the solids from the horchata.
  3. Stir in the milks, vanilla and remaining cup of water. Taste and adjust to taste with more sugar and water if needed.
  4. Chill until cold and serve as is or over ice.
Recipe Notes

*If you don't like almonds or have a nut allergy, leave out the almonds.

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