1. a nonalcoholic drink consisting of a mixture of fruit juices or other soft drinks.
In Part 2 of my Mocktail Month (see Part 1 here), I bring you a perfectly delightful Horchata recipe. My first experience with Horchata was completely delicious and completely idiotic. Here’s the story:
There is an incredible bakery/coffee shop in Durham called Scratch where you can find mind blowing baked goods and super creative coffee drinks among other delicious food. Josh and I were off to see a new part of North Carolina but were in need of a caffeine fix first so we stopped at Scratch. The special coffee drink was iced coffee mixed with horchata, and it was very tasty.
As Josh was driving us to our weekend adventure, my brain shut off. This is where I tell you that I pride myself on my common sense. I may not be particularly book-smart, but I almost always have common sense. Almost. I’m also not a huge fan of clutter and trash so if I can clean up and consolidate my area I like to do so. While driving 70… on the highway, I rolled down my window and attempts to dump the melted bit of iced coffee/horchata out. Yes, I did this. And then I immediately regretted it. A sticky, wet mist quickly covered me, my seat, and half of Josh’s car, and Josh yelled out “WHY DID YOU DO THAT?!”
Then my brain turned back on. LOL.
I laugh every time I think of that story. Needless to say my first experience with a Horchata was memorable and very messy.
If you’re not familiar with this tasty beverage, it is a cold, creamy drink made from ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley or tigernuts. Here in the states it is primarily found made from rice. The version I made is a mixture of ground almonds and rice and very lightly sweetened with sugar. To keep this more in the “refreshing” category versus “decadent,” I didn’t make it overly creamy either though you’re welcome to make that variation by adding whole milk to the recipe.
So pull up a comfy seat, turn off your brain, and enjoy this tasty Horchata.