Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Horchata {café au lait}

We're introducing a new weekly feature called Thursday Thursdays! Hot drinks. Cold drinks. Adult drinks. Kiddo drinks. All kinds of deliciousness will be drank drunk enjoyed. To kick it off...........horchata!!
Although it sounds like some kind of Dr. Seuss concoction, horchata is actually the name of several traditional Spanish & Latin American drinks. There are tons of variations: some made with rice, others with ground nuts. Most are mixed with cinnamon & sugar and typically served over ice. Imagine a mouth-watering, sweet, gooey cinnamon roll...ok, now liquefy that and you have horchata.

I looked at several recipes, and most were soooo tedious. Soaking rice overnight? Um, no thank you. I wanted a healthier version that was simple, yummy, and toasty warm. So I tweaked. I used almond milk and added coffee. (Because, let's not kid ourselves, everything is better with coffee.) It's not super traditional. But it's super delicious.
Horchata {cafe au lait}
*3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
*1/4 tsp cinnamon
*1 tsp honey
*2 cups strong coffee
*splash of vanilla
*cool whip & cinnamon for garnish
1. Place almond milk, cinnamon, & honey into pan on the stove over medium high heat.
2. Meanwhile, brew your coffee.
3. Bring the almond milk mixture to a boil.
4. Pour the coffee into 2 mugs.
5. Once the almond milk mixture becomes frothy, pour equally into mugs.
6. Garnish with cool whip & cinnamon.



Have you ever tried horchata?

linked to:
*the simply sugar and gluten free blog here
*mandy's recipe box here
*sugar and dots here
*gluten free homemaker here
*high heels and grills here
*the real housewives of riverton here
*a glimpse inside here
*kitchen meets girl here
*dj's sugar shack here


  1. Replies
    1. This is definitely a "light" version compared to what we've had. But I would take a sip and want another...and another...sooooo good.

  2. Oh my. We might try out this recipe this weekend. I love that you were able to get that frothy texture on top. We are also big fans of almond milk. It seems like this would make a great substitute for rice. :)

    1. You'll have to let me know what you think! Some of that "froth" is cool whip, but you can get some good frothiness by boiling the almond milk mixture.

  3. I definitely need to try this - hopefully it will get rid of some of my winter blues since this cold has been hanging around so long (c'mon spring!!!) Thanks for the recipe!