My mom has always loved making her own drinks at home, from Agua de Jamaica to pineapple water, if she could make it into a drink, she would.
One of my favorite drinks has always been the classic horchata, a Mexican agua fresca typically made with rice, milk, cinnamon sticks, and water.
It is a crazy simple drink, but it has always been my favorite.
My mom has always stuck with the traditional horchata. She lets the rice soak for a full day before she actually makes the drink.
To get the best possible flavor, the rice needs to soak in the water for at least 8-10 hours.
The horchata still tastes great if the rice only soaks for a few hours, but the flavor might not be as concentrated.
While my mom loves to make her horchata the traditional way, horchata can be customized in a few ways.
Horchata de Fresa (Strawberry Horchata) is one of the only Mexican agua frescas that I’ve never tried before.
After making this with my mom though, I know that horchata de fresa will become a frequent visitor in my own house.
To make this agua fresca you will need a fine mesh strainer and a blender.
1 1/2 cups of rice
1 cinnamon stick
1 lb of strawberies
1 cup of sugar
Rinse the rice in a fine mesh strainer to clean it before using it.
Afterwards, put the rice in a bowl and fill the bowl with water until the rice is covered at least. Usually about 2 or 3 cups of water.
Add the cinnamon stick(s).
Let the rice soak for overnight or at least 1 hour.
I like to take out the cinnamon sticks before blending because cinnamon tends to be a very overpowering flavor.
Blend the rice water together until it is a very fine mixture. This could take a few minutes.
Set this aside and rinse the blender well.
Add the strawberries and 1 cup of the sugar with about 4 cups of water. Blend well.
Put the strawberry mixture through the strainer and add to the horchata mix.
Stir together well and taste for sweetness. If it’s not sweet enough add a cup or two with the ladle and mix together. If it’s too sweet add more water to lessen the sweetness.
All pictures were taken by me.