Horchata is a creamy, rice-based drink consumed commonly in Mexico. It’s a refreshing treat on a hot summer day! This version uses dates as a sweetener in place of refined sugar and can be made dairy-free if desired.
1. Soak rice and dates in 2 cups of boiled hot water (this can be done in the blender if you add a metal spoon to displace the heat and prevent the glass from cracking) for 1.5 hours.
2. Add the remaining water, milk, cinnamon and vanilla and blend for 1-2 minutes until dates are pulverized and the mixture is creamy.
3. Lay 4 layers of the cheesecloth over the top of the pitcher and secure with a rubber band to keep it in place. Slowly pour the creamy mixture through the cheesecloth, using a spoon to help it pass through and then squeezing the remaining pulp to get all the liquid out.
4. Refrigerate until chilled or store for up to 1 week.
Source: Nicole Fetterly, RD
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