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       Title: HORCHATA DE ARROZ - COLD RICE DRINK
  Categories: Beverages
       Yield: 6 servings
  
            Stephen Ceideburg
       1 c  Rice
       1    Piece (2 inches) true
            -(Ceylon) cinnamon stick or
       1    Piece (1 inch) U.S.
            -“cinnamon” (see editor’s
            -note)
       2 c  Boiling water
       5    To 6 cups cold water
     1/2    Lime, juice only
       1 ts Ground true (Ceylon)
            -cinnamon or: *
     1/2 ts Ground U.S. “cinnamon” (see
            -editor’s note)
       3 tb To 4 tb sugar, or to taste
  
   * preferably fresh ground in a spice grinder
   
   If you travel to Mexico, you will see many street stands selling only
   fresh cold beverages. Most are made from fresh fruit. This, which
   like the French orgeat must go back to some medieval Mediterranean
   original, is the mysterious white one that you will see in the glass
   jugs. It’s one of my favorite drinks. My son Rodrigo always begs me
   to make this refreshing drink, which is still a favorite remedy for
   children with digestive upsets.
   
   Place the rice and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan. Add the boiling
   water and let soak until the water is white and milky. Bring to a
   boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer,
   uncovered, until partly softened but not fluffed up, about 15
   minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick and let the rice cool, covered.
   Working in several batches, purse the rice mixture in a blender or
   food mill. The mixture may be sticky and hard to work with; use the
   cold water a little at a time if necessary to thin. With a wooden
   spoon or pusher, force the mixture through a medium-mesh sieve (you
   can use more of the cold water to help rinse it through). Combine the
   strained pursed rice with the lime juice, ground cinnamon, and sugar
   to taste. Add the remaining cold water gradually until the horchata
   is the consistency of a not-too-heavy cream soup (use a little more
   if desired). Taste and add more sugar, lime juice, or cinnamon if
   desired, but the flavor should be delicate and slightly bland. Chill
   thoroughly and serve with ice.
   
   Yield: About 1 1/2 quarts.
   
   Editor’s note: Martinez says the U.S. product called cinnamon is not
   the same as the cinnamon, imported from Sri Lanka (Ceylon), that’s
   sold in Mexico. The bark is thinner, and it’s medium tan, not reddish
   brown. The Sri Lankan type also is known as soft-stick cinnamon. It
   may be available at some Mexican markets.
   
   Recipe from “Food From My Heart” by Zarela Martinez. Naomi Kaufman
   Price writing in the Oregonian’s FOODday, 1/12/93.
   
   Posted by Stephen Ceideburg
  
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