Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vampire Weekend : Horchata

Vampire Weekend has a new CD set to release on January 11th, but if you want a sneak peak you can go to the Vampire Weekend site to download the single for free! I wasn't crazy about it at first, but like all Vampire Weekend songs after a few listens it really grows on you.

So what is a Horchata? It's a Mexican rice milk drink usually served with a little rum. You can find Horchata's at authentic Mexican restaurants or try making your own.

Horchata Recipe:
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1/4 cup ground, blanched almonds or almond meal
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Put the rice in a blender and grind to a powder (about 2-3 minutes). You can also use a spice grinder or coffee grinder for this. Grind the mixture as smooth as possible. Combine the pulverized rice, ground almonds and cinnamon stick. Cover tightly and allow to set overnight or at least 6 hours.

Remove the cinnamon stick and place the rice mixture in the blender. Blend for 4 or 5 minutes until the mixture is smooth, powdery and no longer has a gritty texture. Add 2 cups of water, and blend again for about 15 seconds.

Strain into a pitcher through several layers of dampened cheesecloth (or a coffee filter). Do not skip this step or the drink will have a chalky taste.

Add 4 more cups water and the vanilla and sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves. If the mixture is too thick, add some additional water. Horchata should have the consistency of milk. The drink is supposed to be sweet, so taste and add more sugar, if desired.

Cover and refrigerate. Horchata will keep several days, refrigerated. Serve it chilled in tall glasses over ice. Makes 1-1/2 quarts.


Anonymous said...

yes! I learn all I need to know from you, Arax. I'm storing this recipe away for when I can escape somewhere warm.... as for VW, I cannot wait for the album!


SAUVAGE said...

mmm horchatas are so good! love your blog =]