It’s really cold here in Southern Illinois right now, and it may be a while before I can get to Costa Rica to visit. So, I decided to try to make horchata, a Central American rice and milk drink flavored with cinnamon and vanilla.
This is how I made our horchata:
1 cup long grain rice
1 quart warm water
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 vanilla bean pod (after vanilla has been scraped from the inside)
1/2 cup whole milk
1/3 cup vanilla sugar (or regular sugar–I keep a separate container of sugar that I throw the vanilla bean pods into after I’ve scraped out the insides in other recipes. That way it flavors the sugar.)
1/2 Tblsp. Tupperware Simple Indugence Cinnamon-Vanilla Seasoning Blend
Place rice and warm water in the blender and blend until the rice breaks up but does not turn to powder. Pour into a pitcher with a lid and add the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean pod. Allow to sit in the refrigerator at least 5 hours (ours stayed in the fridge overnight.)
Strain the rice water into a blender, discarding rice pieces, cinnamon stick, and vanilla bean pod. Add the milk, sugar, and Cinnamon-Vanilla Blend. (If you don’t have this, use 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.) Blend until smooth and serve over ice.