Rice Cooler Horchata
1.00 c Uncooked rice
4.50 c Warm water
0.75 c Sugar
1.00 ts Vanilla extract
Place rice in a large bowl. Pour warm water over rice. Set aside an
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. Rinse blender, return mixture to
blender; add sugar and vanilla. Process until combined. Refrigerate
until chilled. Serve over cracked ice.
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
Electronic format courtesy of Karen Mintzias