While Rice Cooler Horchata is a beverage, it is also a sweet dessert, suitable for either purpose. It is a tasty treat for children, and favorite of adults, too.
Rice Cooler Horchata

Rice Cooler Horchata
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 1 Quart
  • 1 Cup uncooked rice
  • 4 1/2 Cups warm water
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Place rice in a large bowl. Pour warm water over rice. Set aside and soak six hours or overnight. Pour into blender jar; process until smooth. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Return to blender, process again. Strain mixture into pitcher through a clean dampened dish towel or cheese cloth.
  2. Rinse blender, return mixture to blender; add sugar and vanilla. Process until combined. Refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Serve over cracked ice.
Horchata is a perfect accompaniment to any dessert, along with a coffee or hot chocolate.

Variations: CHOCOLATE -- Add 2 ounces grated Mexican chocolate to rice. Continue as directed above. STRAWBERRY -- Prepare as directed above, adding 1 package (10 ounces) frozen strawberries with the sugar and vanilla. Continue as directed. CINNAMON -- Add 2 (4-inch) cinnamon sticks to rice. After soaking remove cinnamon sticks and discard. Continue as directed above.

Source: Viva Arroz! Reprinted with permission from USA Rice Council

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