Have you tried Horchata? 7-Step Recipe

Have you tried horchata?

Horchata is a traditional Mexican, dairy-free, cinnamon sensational drink! This is one of the small comforts that built me up and sent my spirit soaring on moments when I didn’t feel like strapping on a pair of pink hiking boots to climb the Mountain of the Month (or whatever was on my mind at the time).

I lived in Las Vegas long enough to learn that money doesn’t make you happy. Surely, it can comfort your tears with name-brand Kleenex instead of 99-cent clearance tissue. While money does provide a better quality of living, which lets your worries move away from survival and security, it also upgrades your problems.

A lack of money leads to worries of rent, stability, and security. These problems are life-threatening and scary–I have experienced them firsthand. On the other hand, a surplus of money leads to temptation, greed, and securing a legacy. These problems are life-threatening and scary–I have experienced them firsthand.

As your Self changes, your problems change to match in ratio. Money can provide comfort to the symptoms of unhappiness, but once those are stopped, the problems persists. Money, like medicine to a virus, treats yet does not cure.

In another popular song even millionaire Jay Z sings, “I got 99 problems” although we could expect him to have none. Right?

When I have Califia Farms horchata–especially when it’s on sale–my problems melt away in a cinnamon cream dream.

Follow the recipe below to melt into your own homemade horchata happiness!


Homemade Horchata Recipe

  • Pitcher
  • Large glass bowl
  • Bowl cover (lid or wrapping)
  • Strainer
  • Fine cheesecloth
  • Blender
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Cup measure

8 tablespoons rice

1 cup blanched almonds

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 strips orange zest

7 cups filtered water

1 cup coconut sugar

1 tsp Mexican vanilla extract

  1. Place rice in a blender and grind until smooth. The finer the rice blend, the creamier the horchata will be. Transfer the rice to a large bowl, then add the almonds, cinnamon, and orange zest.
  2. To the rice bowl, add 3 cups of hot water. Cover and let sit overnight.
  3. After the rice has sit, take the mixture to your blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Add two cups of the room-temperature water to the mixture and blend.
  5. Pour the mixture through the strainer, lined with your fine cheesecloth, into a serving pitcher. Gently press the usable solids through the cheesecloth. The fine spaces will sift through the drink.
  6. Add your last two cups of water to the pitcher. Mix in coconut sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to taste.
  7. Cover, chill and enjoy!






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