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Jar of horchata (at right)

Vegetable drink usually made from rice, almonds, sesame seeds, tigernuts, or barley.

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Best non-dairy "milk" drink!

  • Dec 17, 2008
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Nothing is better than a glass of authentic, sweet Horchata served right out of a huge jar. You'll find this at good Mexican restaurants (usually holes-in-the-wall) and at taco stands at farmers markets, street fairs, etc.

There are plenty of "milk" drinks out there that are non-dairy, like coconut "milk." However, horchata (in the US) is usually made from rice, hence its milky color. If you've never had it, it's basically like drinking milk with cinnamon and vanilla, but without the stomach aches from drinking too much. If you're like me, and you can't drink milk at all anymore, horchata is the perfect drink.

The first time I had it was while at UC Davis at the farmers market. I instantly fell in love and returned every Wednesday and Saturday just for the horchata. Since moving back to SoCal, I've found it to be more available because we have a ton of good, authentic Mexican restaurants down here. If you live in the region, take advantage of the plethora of Mexican restaurants and try horchata! You won't regret it.

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December 17, 2008
I love horchata. It's the perfect thirst and spice quencher for when I'm eating all that hot sauce! *drool*
December 17, 2008
Uh, agreed! This stuff is delicious!
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Horchata (sometimes spelled "orxata") is a vegetable drink usually made from rice, almonds, sesame seeds, tigernuts, or barley.

The drink is most popular in Latin America where some recipes call for milk. However, the drink is usually produced dairy-free but often contains cinnamon, sugar, and/or vanilla. In the US, "morro horchata" (made from rice) is usually the only version served at restaurants. Horchata is also served in Spain (its country of origin) and in California, where it may be also used as a cocktail ingredient. 
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