Horchata! The name is just fun to say! But what is it exactly?? Horchata is a cloudy, milky-white drink found all over Spain and Latin America. Each country prepares horchata slightly different based on what grows in their region. In Spain, horchata is predominantly made from tiger nuts, which grow all over the region, especially in Valencia. In Puerto Rico, the drink is predominantly made with sesame seeds. In Nicaragua and Honduras, the key ingredient is semilla de jicaro, or jicaro seeds. In Mexico, the drink is made mostly of rice. And in El Salvador, the secret ingredient is the morro seed, referred to as semilla de morro in Spanish.
After the key ingredient is added, milk, rice, and a collection of spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, are also added. Though the drink used to be made by hand, the Rio Grande company now sells horchata drink mix packets at most major grocery stores. Simply pick up a packet, add milk, and viola! Horchata appears!
You can make a fun snack for your children using horcahta! Click the link below to see how: