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Strawberry Horchata is one of my favorite drinks. It has been a long lasting tradition at home due to our spaniard heritage. Horchata or orxata means the same. One is in Spanish and the other name is in Catalonian. The drink came originally from Valencia, Spain, however on my recent trip to Barcelona, orxata is very common drink during the summer.
My husband and I enjoyed several glasses of that original orxata during our stay. The horchata in Spain is made with nuts called “chufas”, cinnamon and sugar. The chufas are an almond like nut that has been cultivated for centuries. And in Valencia, chufas have been certified by origin. Just like grapes or fine wine.
In Mexico, we do not grow “chufas”, so that ingredient has been replaced with either almonds or rice, and also dried melon seeds. The preparation of the original horchata can take several hours to make. Sometimes a whole day as the rice or the almonds require to soak enough time to be ready to use in the horchata recipe.
- 4 cups of ice
- 1 can NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 cup of fresh strawberries cut in halves
- 2 cups of cold water
- 1 teaspoon of almond extract
- 6 whole strawberries for garnishing
- Add the four cups of ice into a jug.
- Open the NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk and add to the ice.
- In the blender add the strawberries and the 2 cups of water. Blend until strawberries are pureed.
- Add the strawberry puree to the melting ice combined with NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk and stir.
- Serve the strawberry horchata cold and garnish with a whole strawberry.
But at home, my mom would always use NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk to prepare the most delicious and refreshing milk horchata with cinnamon ready in just few minutes.
As the years have passed , I have learned that horchatas can be made combining fruits, not only cinnamon and spices. And a type of horchata that is very common drink for parties in Mexico is the strawberry horchata. Made with NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk, fresh strawberries, cold water, ice and almond extract or rose water. The combination is fantastic and perfect for a party celebration that I am putting together to invite family and friends.
In Latin America many of our traditions include those from the old world, since a lot of our countries have strong spaniard heritage that has permeated to our food, arts, education and lifestyle. Products like NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk make the time in the kitchen easier and help me bring back the authentic flavor that this refreshing strawberry horchata has.
I just feel like home when cooking with NESTLÉ® products since I have been enjoying them for many years. In fact, NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk is included in many of the family recipes I adore. From desserts to agua frescas like this yummy strawberry horchata.
I am happy that at Walmart I can find many of the products I grew up with. You can find NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk in the Hispanic aisle and also at the baking section. I invite you to check recipe ideas at NESTLÉ® Flavorful Moments Pinterest board. They have so many options and cool ideas to get inspired without spending too much time in the kitchen.
But in the meantime, let’s cheer with this delicious and easy to make strawberry horchata agua fresca!