I tried to make horchata from scratch several years ago and it was horrible. Just disgusting.
But fortunately, a few months ago, Thomas tracked down a recipe for horchata mix, which actually makes a yummy horchata. Real horchata does not have milk in it, but this is so good that I do not care that it is less than genuine :) We made a big batch last night for when we hosted our ward's weekly (during the summer) lemonade social.
You can either mix it with water right away, or make the dry mix and store it until your next fiesta.
Also, a note on rice flour: you can buy this product at your grocery store, but if you cannot find it or if you do not want to purchase it in the quantity available, you can take some (dry, uncooked) rice and stick it in your blender. It will make a terrible sound, and you will probably have varying sizes of rice granules in the end, but if you are ok with that it works just fine for horchata.
yields one gallon
6 Tbsp. nonfat dry milk
1/4 cup rice flour
1 1/2 cup sugar1/2 tsp.+ cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1 gallon water
- Mix all dry ingredients thoroughly.
- Add vanilla.
- Mix into one gallon of water.
- Chill for at least an hour for optimal flavor.
- Serve cold, with ice if desired.