Naturally Sweetened Horchata Cocktails

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HORCHATA COCKTAILS!

Nothing to see here, folks…just your favorite rice drink with a shot (or several) of liquor. A cocktail that happens to be lightened up, not too sweet, not too frilly…

BIG DEAL ALERT!

 

You guys, I had an Ego Check on Aisle 3 the other day. LITRALLY as I was walking through the grocery store. Okay, it may have been aisle 7…I don’t recall the aisle number, but that’s neither here nor there.

As I was pitter pattering around the grocery, tra la la, mid-ego stroke, thinking to myself I’m such a GUH-eeeeen-ious for adding alcohol to horchata, I happened upon a ginormous RumChata display.

Oh.

Not only did the visual make me realize I’m not the first and last person on the planet to add alcohol to horchata, but it made me go, “Dude, why didn’t I think of rum?”

Perhaps tequila? Why not tequila? Definitely not tequila, tequila makes you a crazy person… no one likes a crazy person… everyone likes crazy people… where are my keys? I’ve lost my phone… tequila makes her clothes fall off…

Perhaps we should stick with the bourbon.

Point is, horchata cocktails are apeeerently a thang, and if you ask me, virtually any liquor will work.

Even vodka. Why not vodka? Definitely vodka to get yourself a little Horchata Russian action all up in your Big Lebowski.

I swear, I’m not drunk.

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Do you remember when I showed you my exceedingly untraditional approach to Horchata a while back? The easy-to-make horchata that doesn’t require you to wait overnight for your rice to soak? The same horchata that happens to be dairy-free and sweetened with pure maple syrup? Yup! That’s the one!

I added booze to it in order to make a suuupah fresh and swanky cocktail for us to share on Cinco de Mayo.

I look forward to Cinco de Mayo every year because Mexican food is one of my favorite cuisines. Any meat, any cheese, any salsa, all the refried beans, just lay it on me thick and spicy! And while we’re at it: some bebidas frescas to go along with our lenga flautas, carne asada con pico de gallo con queso fresco con ay ay ay caramba!

What’s food without drink and what’s a burrito without an horchata?

If you’re cooking in for CDM this year and are looking for some healthy (or healthier-ish) Mexican-inspired menu items, try these on for size!:

…and warsh it all down with a chilled glass of boozy horchata!

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Naturally Sweetened Horchata Cocktails

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup homemade horchata 8 ounces
  • 1/2 cup bourbon 4 ounces
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Fill a shaker with ice and add the horchata, bourbon and maple syrup. Shake well and serve with a dash of ground cinnamon!

Recipe Notes

You may also use rum instead of whiskey or agave nectar instead of maple syrup

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Comments

  1. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

    I’ve never made horchata before, but boy oh boy, I want to give it a whirl. I hate that feeling when I realize that my recipe ideas aren’t as genius as I imagined in my head! Whatever. I’ll still take your cocktail any day! P.S. I’ve been looooving your cinco de mayo themed recipes!!

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  2. Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes

    Yes!! That drink looks super good (and gorgeous pictures!!) and would go really well with all those recipes you linked up. I want to make your roasted veggie tacos with the cashew crema!! Thanks for helping me get my holiday set! 🙂

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  3. Izzy

    I LOVE horchata! I used to work at a restaurant that sold it and had a big stock of horchata powder and I used to steel it so I could make it at home! And I’m embarrassed to admit that that was not too long ago! Adding alcohol sounds like a very delicious and dangerous idea, but I’m all for it! And I’m guessing these homemade ones are so much better than already bottled ones 🙂

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    1. Julia Post author

      Horchata powder?!!! Now THAT is an invention I can stand behind! And girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to forge her way in this world, even if that means borrowing a little horchata powder 😉

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  4. Joanne

    I feel like I really love both horchatas and bourbon and white russians SO MUCH, I would really be in trouble around these. But the best kind of trouble.

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