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Horchata Salvadorena





Horchata!  The name is just fun to say, maybe because it sounds like bachata.   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 which you can find on Amazon at a good price.  Here's a link to horchata on Amazon:






13 comments:

Rebecca Zwerneman said...

Spent a summer in Guatemala when I was in middle school. Love this drink!!

Sandi G said...

Have not tried it. Sounds great, though!

Michelle O said...

I've been seeing this around the web and really want to try it! Yours looks great :)

Jaime Verk - Perez said...

Love horchata! There is actually a great quick version of it using oats as well.

Tiffany said...

Horchata has always been available to us in San Diego, and it is something I crave every couple of months, I think I am due for a fix soon!

Elyse @The Cultural Dish said...

Yes!! I love Horchata so much! Not many people around here have ever had it but I love the stuff! I just made some a little while ago too... mmmmmm.... yum!

jada22 said...

I bought the same brand here in the picture and I can say I loved the flavor but it seemed to thick. I added lots of milk and water but it didn't seem to help. Can I strain out the grit associated with this store brought kind?

La Cipota said...

@jadd22-haha, yes the mixes are very very thick i know exactly what you mean! But the thick powder at bottom is what has all the flavor, so i wouldn't strain it out. Maybe just try pouring the mix into a bigger pitcher, add more milk, and keep stirring like crazy. Good luck! Lots of love, La Cipota.

latinaish.com said...

Hola cipota!

I don't know why my blog never alerted me to the trackback from this post and I actually just stumbled upon it by accident! (In this small world, Salvadorans and those married to them always somehow bump into each other jajaja.)

Thanks for linking my post on making paletas de horchata.

Saludos to you and your husband :)

whits end mom said...

I just added a link to your page from my blog as I referenced you. Thanks for posting this. I wasn't sure exactly what was in Horchata. I also enjoyed your post on Morro seeds.

Anonymous said...

Is Rio Grande horchata mix drink available in USA? Any tip/s where i can look to buy this?

La Cipota said...

Rio Grande Horchata mix is available in many international food stores. I get mine at a store called called "Global".

La Cipota said...

I forgot to say that YES! Rio grande horchata mix is available in the USA! Global and other international food stores are located in many states.

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