Horchata traces its origins back to the sun-soaked terrains of North Africa, rebranded in Spain as “horchata de chufa,” courtesy of the Moors’ conquest that left an indelible mark on the Iberian palate. Eventually, it crossed oceans, landing in Mexico, unleashing its irresistible charm.
Enter Eva Longoria, whose CNN program Searching for Mexico is a love letter to the nation’s diverse culinary and cultural landscape; it is a deep dive into the heart and soul of a country as complex as a finely crafted mole. Inspired by her show, we developed this horchata recipe — our love language for Mexican culture and all its flavors.
Eva Longoria Inspired Horchata Recipe
1 cup of white rice
1 cup of sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup of sliced almonds
1 can of evaporated milk
2 cups of almond milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- In a bowl, combine the white rice, cinnamon sticks, and sliced almonds. Cover with water and let it soak overnight.
- After soaking, strain the water and add the mixture to a blender. Add evaporated milk and blend until smooth.
- With a fine strainer, strain the liquid into a pitcher to remove any remaining solids.
- Add the sugar, vanilla extract, and almond milk to the pitcher. Stir well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Add a liter of water to the pitcher and stir. Serve over ice.
Recipe by Gabe Gomez / Photography by Dave Bryce / Food and Styling by Anna Calabrese
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