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Horchata

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Yield Makes 2 qt.
This cool, rice-infused drink is a Mexican staple, served at breakfast and as a thirst quencher on hot afternoons. It is sometimes made with milk rather than water.

Ingredients

  • 2 qt. water
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 2 Mexican cinnamon sticks*
  • 1 cup sugar

How to Make It

  1. Bring 2 qt. water and next 2 ingredients to a boil in a 3 1/2-qt. saucepan over medium heat; cook 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Let cool to room temperature. Remove cinnamon sticks.

  2. Puree rice mixture, in batches, in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture into a pitcher; stir in sugar and enough water to equal 2 qt. Chill; serve over ice.

  3. *Regular cinnamon sticks may be substituted.

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