Is it possible to even say the word "horchata" without getting that Vampire Weekend song stuck in your head? Not possible, I say! I'm not complaining though. It's a cute song. (link if player doesn't load) Easy Horchata, Serves two tall glasses or four small glasses
Adapted from Allrecipes (we love their recipe, but cut the sugar in half, because we found it too sweet)
1 cup uncooked white rice
5 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup white sugar
Pour the rice and water into a blender and blend for one minute. Let rice and water sit in the blender for 3 hours.Using cheesecloth over a fine mesh strainer, strain the rice water into a pitcher then throw the rice away. Add milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well and chill before serving.
If you're making the spiked version I would personally enjoy it without sugar, since the Rumchata is already so sweet. I'm a fan of semi-sweet cocktails, and you can always add more sugar later if you choose to!To make a delicious spiked version, add 3 ounces RumChata to your iced horchata. Enjoy!
Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, Recipe Testing: Laura Gummerman.