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 is one authentic tasting horchata mix I really like: Fiesta Horchata Drink Concentrate, 16 oz.