I crossed off another one of my November goals this weekend: horchata! It's eerily similar to this gorgeous post by A Beautiful Mess (posted on the same day of my goals! Coincidence? Fate? You decide) except for the unfortunate fact that my stupid stomach can't handle lactose and therefore spiking this batch with Rumchata was out of the question. How do vegans/lactose intolerants (we need a better name, ya know? Like Lactoids or Lactasers. Lactonians? Any suggestions are welcomed) get their winter buzz on? Anybody have a good vegan alternative to Bailey's Irish Cream while we're at it? Because I'm seriously missing out on some weirdly awesome liquor/dairy combos. I've got the White Russian down though. I'll share it with you after Thanksgiving because seriously, you guys, some things just need to wait until after the turkey has been carved. Get out of here with your Santa hats. It's just not time yet. Anywho, here's what I used:
1 cup white rice uncooked
5 cups water
1/2 cup Lactaid milk (almond milk would be perfecto if you're actually vegan though)
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar (agave nectar if you want to get crazy)
First I added the rice and water to the blender (which I bought just for the occasion! Isn't she purty?) and blended for about a minute. Then you just let it sit for three hours (not in the fridge), which I thought would be super painful, but turns out the newest episodes of Hart of Dixie are on Hulu, so, party.
Next I lined a strainer with cheese cloth and poured the rice/water concoction through it and discarded the rice. Doesn't it look all ethereal and shiz?
Next I added the milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. I mixed it all up and poured it into mason jars because I feel like they just make everything look better, am I right? I couldn't find paper straws though. My bad. Is there a secret blogger section at Target that no one told me about..?
That's it, folks! I liked it. I do think I would've enjoyed adding some liquor up in there, but I felt pretty fancy drinking it anyway. Well played, Vampire Weekend. If it weren't for you, I may never have had a weird desire to create my very own horchata.