“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.
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.
Day 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.
The 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 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.
Try Turning Your Horchata Into Any of these Tasty Cocktails and Drinks:
Cinnamon Hot Chocolate with Rum and Horchata from Fashionedible