When it comes to my favorite (non-alcoholic) drinks, Agua de Jamaica and Agua de Horchata come in side by side. I just might love Horchata a little bit more, but that is simply because I am obsessed with cinnamon. When I came across the recipe for a version made with Oatmeal in Marcela Valladolid's 'Mexican Made Easy' cookbook, I could not wait to make it. The oatmeal makes this drink a bit more hearty, and even something I could see myself having at breakfast. This version is not only healthier for you, but it is packed with flavor. Even though Horchata is best when served chilled, I find it to be a very comforting drink.
Recipe Courtesy of: 'Mexican Made Easy'
- 1 Cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 1 (3-inch) Cinnamon Stick, Broken into tiny pieces
- 4 Cups Cold Water
- Sugar or Agave Nectar
- Ice Cubes
- In a large pitcher, soak the oats and cinnamon in the cold water for about 30 minutes.
- Blend the mixture (including the cinnamon) in a blender until smooth.
- Strain and sweeten with sugar to taste.
- Serve well chilled or over ice.