"In December drinking horchata, I'd look psychotic in a balaclava"
Vampire Weekend's new song Horchata got me wanting to brew some up. Unfortunately, I hated it. The main question is, did I fail, or do I just dislike horchata? I am going to be in NY next week, so I will seek some out and get to the bottom of this! Have any of my readers tried horchata? Did you like it?
Long grain rice rinced and dried.
Raw almonds, blanched for 45 seconds just to help peel easily.
The rice ground to powder in my spice grinder.
Steph and my mom helped peel the almonds. I was busy cooking Vietnamese food (T.B.Posted Friday).
This sat overnight with a peice of cinnamon.
The next day in dramatic lighting.
After you blend it it's super frothy and delicious looking. Don't let it fool you!
This is the gross hard rice leftover.
After the above picture, I added sugar and vanilla to the mix. This was barely in the glass long enough for me to take a picture of it. I threw it away so fast! I REALLY did not like it at all.
I'll let you guys know if I like Horchata when I try it next week at a restaurant. It wasn't even the recipe I choose, because a bunch of recipes I saw were pretty similar. The texture was gritty and pasty. I strained it with a cheesecloth that was folded over many many times, so I can't see how I could strain it any better. And even without the grit, the taste was still pretty rough.