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Make It Mexican With Roland: Horchata

Categories: Make It Mexican

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It doesn't take Roland Rubalcava of Rubalcava's in Placentia very long to make horchata, that famous Mexican agua fresca of rice, evaporated milk, cinnamon and little else. There are only five ingredients, and the most time-consuming aspect of the preparation is just soaking, which obviously requires no effort on anyone's part. "It's weird though," he says amidst throwing together a magnificent-looking burrito for a customer, "I would say that most Mexican restaurants don't have real horchata."

He qualifies the reason being that it takes about 24 hours to have a batch, but he's just trying to be nice. "The majority of horchatas you buy are just made with syrup that's been diluted with water. It's all sugar!" That's not to say that honest-to-goodness homemade horchata doesn't have sugar (it most definitely does), but its sweetness is natural and light. Roland also points out that it's incredibly inexpensive and can be paired with many meals. "Mexicans drink it with almost anything," he says, "you can have it hot or cold, and all day long."

Once the granules of rice and hints of cinnamon from real horchata cleanse your palate, drinking it on the reg makes a lot more sense. It's just damn tasty and so simple to create.

Step 1: Soaking

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To make around one gallon of horchata you'll need two cups of long grain rice and one Mexican cinnamon stick. Grab any clean vessel that can hold a gallon of water, fill her up with filtered water, and then add the rice and cinnamon.

And that's it! Cover up the mixture and let it soak overnight on your counter.


Step 2: Blending

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After letting things get all cinnamon-y, it's time to mix it up. Begin by adding two ounces of vanilla extract into your water and then stirring it up. You'll then put the mixture into the blender. Roland says that you should split the gallon between three blending sessions to ensure that all the rice is pulverized.

After each blending, strain out the rice and cinnamon with a fine, mesh strainer. Roland says that you can use cheesecloth but he likes a little bit of rice grit in his horchata.

Location Info

Rubalcava’s

506 W. Chapman Ave., Placentia, CA

Category: Restaurant

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29 comments
Noe Alamillo
Noe Alamillo

I'm waiting for the ric bayless edition.

Linda Saslow
Linda Saslow

I've always wanted to know how. It is soaking on the counter already. Kids will be so happy tomorrow.

Noe Alamillo
Noe Alamillo

What? No rick bayless to make it "better"?

Ask a Mexican
Ask a Mexican

That's why you self-correct with a bunch of nopales!

edewitt
edewitt

Yum!!! I'm definitely going to try this

Mayra Ochoa
Mayra Ochoa

It's true, u did mention condensed milk but the instructions said evap milk & sugar

Suzanne Balch Delacey
Suzanne Balch Delacey

Go easy on it though, folks. Latinos are at higher risk of diabetes than other populations. Latinos are also more likely to be non-compliant with diabetic medications :-D

Kelly Heltsley
Kelly Heltsley

half horchata half agua natural when you make coffee-try it !

Karen Marie
Karen Marie

How's that? How do you make caramel coffee?

Scot Rehbein
Scot Rehbein

Thanks Blanca Estela, I'll make it as soon as I Get back to Florida but until then I'll drink my share here in Cali.

Cesar Alcantar
Cesar Alcantar

Hey Gustavo, the opening line in your piece mentions condensed milk, but in one of the last steps you mention evaporated milk instead! I think you had it right the first time, but not sure if people would be confused? Anyway, this stuff is always a crowd-pleaser, except for the lactose intolerant peeps :(

Jeff Hornstein
Jeff Hornstein

It has to be be made with cinnamon sticks. The flavor of powdered cinnamon doesn't do it for me! :)

LPHastings
LPHastings

@Linda Saslow Awesome! Thanks for reading.

LPHastings
LPHastings

@Mayra Ochoa Yep, sorry for the confusion! It is evaporated :)

LPHastings
LPHastings

@César Alcántar It is indeed evaporated milk! Apologies about the mix-up.

LPHastings
LPHastings

@Junior Balderas You cray, bruddah.

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