So, let’s be honest here, who hasn’t been inspired by Taco Cleanse 2013? I mean, like, holy shit, all those taco trucks and amazing restaurants serving vegan tacos? Not to mention the sheer willpower (I really do mean genius indulgence) to eat a taco for every meal of Vegan MoFo? It’s amazing. I bow to these vegans who are giving their all for us this month.

(Hey, pass me some Austin tacos, pretty please???)

Anyway, so, thinking of tacos led me to think about what I’d want to drink with some tacos (besides a margarita…duh) which led me to one of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks: horchata.

Horchata is a slightly fermented rice drink made by soaking the rice in water, then blending with spices, and adding milk to give it a little more depth. It’s cool, refreshing, and totally doesn’t make a lot of sense from an American perspective. Rice, soaked, then blended? Seriously not our style in this country.

But definitely a style you should try out.

It’s high Indian Summer here and these 90 degree days are perfect for horchata. So are tacos, or so the Austinites say.

Any tacos or tasty drinks in anyone’s weekend plans?


From A Wooden Nest

3/4 c white rice
4 c water
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 c agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c almond milk

Pour the rice in a blender and pulse until it resembles a coarse crumb. Add the 4 cups water and the cinnamon sticks, and let sit in the refrigerator overnight.

Blend the mixture (cinnamon sticks included) for 2-3 minutes until completely pureed. Add the sugar and the vanilla extract, and blend again until completely combined. Check for sweetness.

Strain the mixture with a cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve into a pitcher. Add the two cups almond milk and stir.

Pour in glasses over ice, garnish with cinnamon.

Serves 6

On This Day in MoFos Past:
2008: Pollan for President
2009: More RVA Goodness
2010: I Love ATL Part 3
2011: Gillies and Rubblebucket
2012: Joy of Vegan Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies

14 Responses to “Horchata!”
  1. Eileen says:

    Tacos are ALWAYS in my plans, weekend or not. :) But I do have to admit I’ve never had horchata, despite living in the valley of amazing taquerias. Probably I should fix that one of these days.

  2. mollyjade says:

    I love that you have links to your past mofo posts.

  3. Abby Bean says:

    I’ve only ever had Horchata out of a shelf-stable container. It was…not memorable. This sounds more promising.

  4. Monika says:

    Horchata is my daughter’s favorite drink, but believe it or not I’ve never actually made it! Thanks for posting this recipe – I’ll be making some this weekend!

  5. Hannah says:

    Oh man, does this look delicious or what! It’s been unseasonably hot and humid lately, so I could easily guzzle this whole batch in a day. I’d like to add it to my to-do list tomorrow, but considering the fact that I really would drink it all unaided, I’m hesitant to take the plunge. Perhaps a half batch, because it looks far too good to pass up.

  6. Dawn says:

    I’ve never had horchata, but it does look wonderful. How could it not be with cold almond milk and cinnamon? And, yes, I made tacos for dinner tonight.

  7. Amey says:

    Yeah, I love horchata! I haven’t made it for quite some time, but my hubs really loves it. Have you ever tried the recipe from Viva Vegan? It’s fantastic! And also, I agree that those taco cleanse folks are really amazing!

  8. FoodFeud says:

    I have wanted to make this ever since I found out about it!! Does it really need to be made with white rice, do you think? Or would brown be okay? And I HADN’T had tacos in my weekend plans…but maybe that should change.

  9. Taco Cleanse is some impressive stuff! I’ve never had horchata before. Sounds like a nice way to fight the silly heat!

  10. Well, this is going to be happening in my kitchen soon! Y-U-M!

  11. Arantxa says:

    Great blog with inspiring recipes! Although I currently live in France, I’m originally from Valencia (Spain), where the horchata (or orxata) was created. I would like to mention that real horchata is made of chufa ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chufa ), which is only cultivated in this region. I invite you to come to Valencia and taste this incredible beverage!

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