Recently I have been on a horchata kick, and here’s my doodle to prove it. I’ve taken a little time off from “professional illustrating” but this little horchata doodle is an example of my creative cavorting during my recent hiatus. Read on for recipes!
Horchata can be made from scratch using basic ingredients (rice and cinnamon and vanilla) but on a recent post-therapy Amazon shopping binge I picked up a bag of powdered horchata mix. When the 3-pound bag arrived, I was a little taken aback. What on earth would I do with this much horchata? The answer: experiment. Below are six of my favorite ways I have discovered two enjoy horchata.
The instructions for the horchata mix linked above calls for water OR milk, I make a half-gallon at a time and instead of using all milk or all water, I use 50/50 combination of milk and water. The 50/50 mix still froths well in a milk frother.
1. Iced Horchata
Horchata is typically served cold over ice. This classic presentation is a refreshing drink for a warm day (blend the ice and horchata together for an icy frappe!)
2. Hot Horchata
In Seattle, we’re known for our coffee houses, but even as a now semi–long-term resident, I’m not always in the mood for coffee. My most recent horchata experiments were kicked off by an experience in a coffee shop in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, when I ordered horchata and was asked I wanted it hot or cold. Surprised by the question (and curious!) I said hot and was treated to a delightfully cozy beverage that reminded me of a cross between a hot chocolate and an espresso-less breve. Hot horchata makes a great replacement for an espresso-based drink if you’re trying to cut back on caffeine.
3. Horchata Latte
On the same ill-fated online shopping trip that brought the 3-pound bag of horchata to my doorstep, I bought a milk frother. Per my disclosure below, I’m not paid to promote any products, but I do include affiliate links to products I use and love, like this Milk Frother & Steamer ). I’ve been seriously trying to reduce my dependence on coffee shop espresso drinks and improve my own coffee making abilities. Paired with a Moka pot (which makes a sort of cross between drip coffee and espresso, using a stovetop burner) this little milk frother has made it possible to make a perfect latte at home- at least, perfect to my taste. It’s also cut my coffee creamer habit out completely, since the milk frother uses 2% milk to make a creamy foam that’s way more satisfying than any prepared creamer.
One day when I ran out of milk but had a half-gallon of preprepared horchata leftover from a party the night before, I decided to see what would happen if I put horchata in my milk frother. The result: serendipity. Espresso served with frothed horchata can rival any coffeehouse drink in my opinion, and tastes exactly like Seattle institution Moore Coffee’s horchata latte.
Making a Horchata Latte:
- prepare horchata mix (LINK) with milk or 50-50 milk and water.
- Steam or froth 4 ounces of horchata a
- add one shot of espresso.
4. Rum Spiked Hot Horchata Cocktail
With a 3-pound bag of mix to use up, horchata became my go-to for parties and gatherings. A couple scoops into an empty milk jug, filled halfway with water, topped off with 2% milk, then shaken and chilled made for a super easy contribution to potlucks.
One evening as I packed up this drink to take to a movie night with friends I decided to also take my frother so everybody could experience my newly discovered delight in hot frothed horchata. I can’t take credit for this next part, but the host of the party pulled out a bottle of coconut rum that was perfect for turning this kid-friendly drink into a delicious winter cocktail. Spiked hot horchata is a little bit like a Mexican take on a hot buttered rum cocktail.
5. Horchata-Spiked Cereal Milk
One morning I stumbled into the kitchen, poured myself a bowl of rice cereal, and reached into the refrigerator for a jug of milk – I didn’t realize until I had a spoonful of cereal in my mouth that I’d dumped horchata, not milk, on my cereal and… I liked it!
Horchata can make a boring bowl of plain cereal very fun! Kids especially get a kick out of cereal that looks plain but has a burst of flavor from the milk.
6. Horchata Smoothie
Finally, a horchata smoothie is a cool and creamy way to enjoy this drink as a dessert. Just blend some horchata with a banana and a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a summertime treat to rival a milkshake