What is horchata?
Horchata is a refreshing drink with Spanish and African origins. It is typically made by soaking nuts and grains in water and then seasoning it with flavors and spices. Many cultures have their own variations of horchata. In Spain, horchata is often made with edible, nut-like tubers. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, horchata is typically made with rice.
The Mexican version, which is a type of agua fresca, is made with rice, sugar, cinnamon and almonds. Agua frescas are typically light, refreshing, non-alcoholic drinks made with fruit, seeds, cereals or flowers blended with sugar and water.