Monday, July 5, 2010

horchata & agua fresca

After wandering the streets and alleys of the Mission you can drop into a taqueria, maybe take a seat on the little front patio at La Taqueria, and rest your feet and watch the parade go by as you sip a refreshing horchata or agua fresca. If you want to try one at home here are a couple recipes. They both make two big servings.


1/2 cup long grain rice
1/2 cup water
2 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Place rice in a bowl with enough water to cover and let it sit out on the counter overnight. Next day drain the water. Place rice, 1/4 cup fresh water and 1 cup milk in blender and blend until the rice is ground up. Add sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Blend again. Add remaining 1 cup milk and 1/4 cup water and blend again. Strain through a fine strainer. Chill. Stir before serving.


2 cups cold water
1 cup ice
2 cups strawberries, cut in 1 " pieces (or mango or watermelon)
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tb lime juice

Place everything in a blender and blend on high. If using strawberries, strain if you want. Stir before serving.


  1. Both these drinks sound perfect right now! I'm wondering if I'd be able to replace the milk with soy milk in the Horchata?