Pati’s Horchata
  • 2cups long or extra long white rice
  • 3cups hot water
  • 1stick soft true cinnamonthe kind that crumbles easily
  • 1tbsp real vanilla extract
  • 4cups milk
  • 3/4cup sugaror brown sugar or piloncillo
  • ground cinnamonoptional, for sprinkling on top of drink
  1. Place the rice in a bowl and cover with hot water. Roughly crumble a piece of True cinnamon into the rice mix and let it all sit and rest from 2 to 8 hours outside of the refrigerator.
  2. Place half of the rice mixture in the blender with half of the milk and vanilla and blend until smooth, then strain into a pitcher or container (if using Cassia, hard cinnamon, remove it). Place the other half of the rice mixture in the blender with the remaining milk and the sugar, purée until smooth and strain into the same pitcher or container.
  3. Stir well and serve over ice cubes, or place in the refrigerator until it is cold. Serve with more ice cubes to your liking, and sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top if you wish.