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Adding Spirits to Creamy, Cooling Horchata

Adding Spirits to Creamy, Cooling Horchata

A popular way to cool down in Spain or Mexico is to enjoy a sweetened rice-based drink called horchata. Easy to make if you think ahead a day, and flexible enough to have with or without alcohol. The recipe below is for a rum-based horchata cocktail, but making this creamy base at home allows you to experiment with sweetness, substitutions, additions of fruit for non-alcoholic drinks as well.

Horchata with rum: a cooling cocktail

Rum Horchata craft cocktail with ingredients
Rum Horchata craft cocktail with ingredients

Once you make the horchata base and the simple syrup you will have enough for a refreshing afternoon beverage for a week (unless you are relaxing with friends, and then you will only have enough for an evening). See the recipe for the cocktail below.

If you skip the horchata base and just make (or purchase) the cinnamon vanilla simple syrup, there are many different drinks you can make with the syrup. My favorites are:

  • Adding the syrup to hot cider or hot chocolate
  • Using the syrup in place of sugar in an Irish Coffee or other coffee cocktails
  • Adding 2-3 Tablespoons of the syrup to a tall glass of sparkling water for a wonderful Italian soda (tastes like cream soda only fresher)

Horchata with rum for a Summer cocktail

Rum Horchata craft cocktail with ingredients
This cocktail is super easy once you have the horchata base made. If you don’t want to make the base you can purchase dry powder packages of horchata mix in the grocery stores but they are pre-sweetened. The base is easy but you have to think ahead a day.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Servings 1
Calories 212

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup Horchata base diy or packaged mix
  • 1 shot spiced rum
  • 3 Tbsp. Cinnamon simple syrup if using unsweetened horchta base
  • cinnamon sticks or licorice roots for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  • Combine all of the ingredients (except the cinnamon stick or licorice root) in a cocktail shaker and fill the shaker with ice.
  • Shake vigorously and strain into the rocks glass.
  • Garnish with cinnamon stick or licorice root.

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 94mgPotassium: 28mgSugar: 41gCalcium: 24mgIron: 2mg
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