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Boozy Homemade Horchata Cocktail | Relishing It

Oh, the holidays!  Such a joyous time of the year celebrating with family and friends– and, of course, a few cocktails.  This one here is gold, my friends.  Apparently, I had been living underneath a rock, because up until recently I had never tried Rumchata. I’d heard of it, but to be honest, thought it sounded a bit lame.  A little “too girly” for me, I guess. I’m more of a boozy, classic cocktail girl– a manhattan is my winter elixir of choice– so perhaps it’s not so surprising that I overlooked this little white bottle of cheer.

Boozy Homemade Horchata Cocktail | Relishing It

Boozy Homemade Horchata Cocktail | Relishing It

Well I’ve tried it now, and it turns out, it’s quite good. It’s sweet and tastes pretty much like rice pudding in a glass. And sometimes sweet is exactly what’s called for, right? For those of you who also live under rocks (I kid), Rumchata is a liqueur made from horchata and a bit of rum. Which begs the question, what’s horchata? It’s a Spanish drink made by soaking rice or a mixture of rice and almonds or tigernuts in water and cinnamon for a day or so. Then it’s blended and sweetened with sugar and milk. So, in my usual fashion, I decided that I wanted to make this stuff from scratch.  Because a bottle of Rumchata costs a whole-lotta (you see what I did there?). Actually, it’s not that expensive, but really there isn’t that much alcohol in it, so I’m basically paying for rice water?  No thanks.  I’ll make it myself. And it will be even better.

Boozy Homemade Horchata Cocktail | Relishing It

Voilà!  It’s ridiculously easy and tastes oh-so delicious. Making your own rumchata does require a bit of planning because soaking the rice in water overnight yields the best flavor.  I like to mix the horchata with both a bit of rum and a bit more vodka.  My theory is if you’re going to drink a cocktail, drink a damn cocktail.  Making it yourself lets you decide exactly how sweet you want it to be.  I don’t like mine cloyingly so.  You can also decide how rich you’d like it.  Whole milk does the trick for me, but perhaps you’d like to use a mixture of milk and cream?  You decide.  This is such a delicious cocktail that tastes like holiday cheer in a glass with creamy flavors of rice pudding and cinnamon– be careful, it goes down rather easily.  It’s absolutely perfect to make for a party. Cheers!

Boozy Homemade Horchata Cocktail | Relishing It

The Recipe: Homemade Horchata Cocktail

To make the Horchata:

(makes about 5 cups)

2/3 cup white rice (I used long grain)

3 cups warm water

1 two-inch cinnamon stick

1/2 cup granulated sugar

splash of vanilla

2 cups whole milk  (or a mixture of whole milk and cream) *See Note

ground cinnamon, for serving

To make the Cocktail:

(makes 1)

1 1/2 ounces (1 full shot) vodka

3/4 ounce (1/2 shot) dark rum (Jamaican or Caribbean work well)

4 1/2 ounces (3 shots) horchata

cinnamon, for dusting

Note: almond milk can be substituted for a dairy-free version.  Coconut milk works too, just be sure to adjust the amount of sugar you add. 

To make the Horchata: begin by pulsing the rice in a blender or food processor until it’s the consistency of coarse polenta.  Your blender may or may not do a good job with this task.  Mine was mediocre.  So, don’t worry if yours doesn’t do this well.  Place the rice in a quart jar and add the cinnamon stick and 3 cups of warm water.  Refrigerate for at least 8 hours, but preferably overnight.

Place the mixture back into the blender, cinnamon stick included and blend once again.  There may be some splattering, so throw a towel over the mixer or food processor.  Don’t expect the cinnamon stick to get fully blended.  Into a large pitcher, strain the mixture through a mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth and give it a squeeze at the end to extract as much liquid as possible.  Then add the milk, 1/2 cup of sugar, and a splash of vanilla to the pitcher.  Stir until the sugar has dissolved.  Store in the refrigerator. Your kids will love this served over ice with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

For your cocktail, mix the vodka, rum, and horchata into a shaker for a second or two.  Then pour into a low-ball glass filled with ice. Grate some fresh cinnamon on top and cheers away!

Horchata recipe adapted from David Lebovitz

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Happy Hour: Whiskey Sour | Relishing It

It’s Friday, which means it’s practically happy hour!  Today’s cocktail is one of my very favorites.  It’s actually a drink that we enjoy both in the summer and the winter.  Right now we’re enjoying them outside on the patio with plenty of ice.  The lemony-bourbon flavor is a perfect combination– it’s smooth and doesn’t have a strong alcohol taste.  But, what I love most about this cocktail is the froth.  That creamy, silky froth makes this drink darn-near perfect.

Happy Hour: Whiskey Sour | Relishing It

We get requests from our friends and family for this recipe all of the time, so I think it’s safe to say that it’s a winner. I honestly don’t even try to order this one when we’re out anymore because I know I’ll be disappointed– Radd has perfected it.  This version really is the best I’ve ever had.  Full stop. It doesn’t involve a long list of ingredients, but it does involve a few careful steps, which I’ll explain below.  Follow these steps and you’ll achieve a perfect whiskey sour complete with a dreamy foam-top.  You’ll see.  And you’ll love it.  Have a wonderful weekend, everyone–cheers!

Happy Hour: Whiskey Sour | Relishing It

The Recipe: Whiskey Sour

(serves 1)

2 ounces bourbon

1 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice (from 1-2 lemons)

1 ounce simple syrup

1/2 egg white

3-4 drops of Angostura bitters

Use a small strainer to collect the pulp and seeds from the freshly-squeezed lemon juice.  Next, in a shaker, combine the bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and 1/2 egg white.  Shake furiously (without ice) for 10 to 15 seconds in order to work the egg white into a nice froth.  Add sufficient ice to the shaker and shake again until chilled.  Pour into an Old Fashioned glass over ice.  Add a lemon twist and 3-4 drops of Angostura bitters to the froth.  Enjoy!

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Happy Hour: Rye Mule | Relishing It

Today’s cocktail is a lovely little three-ingredient number that is simple to make, and tastes fantastic.  This is a thirst quenching cocktail and I suppose you could even say that it can be a bit dangerous.  It’s one of those where you taste no alcohol– you’ve been warned.  The rye melds into the sea of ginger beer and lime, giving it the flavor of a crafted soda rather than an alcoholic beverage.   The lime offers a refreshing zing, while the ginger beer lends a subtle “bite”.  We happen to love this drink, and are so thankful to a certain friend from my husband’s hometown for introducing it to us (you know who you are D.S.).

Happy Hour: Rye Mule | Relishing It

I suppose I should note that you certainly don’t need to use a high-end rye for this drink.  In fact, it’s almost silly to do so.  The one I used was all we had in the house, but normally we use Bulleit Rye.  It works just fine, and is reasonably priced.  You may have noticed that I didn’t photograph the ginger beer.  My favorite brand is not very photogenic (it comes in a silver can), but I’ll tell it to you anyway.  I like “Gosling’s” ginger beer– it has a nice/strong ginger flavor, but more importantly– it’s really carbonated!  There are so many lovely bottles of ginger beer available nowadays, but I find that many of them really lack carbonation.  So,  I’ll be sticking to Gosling’s…in the ugly can.  Unless any of you have a good recommendation?  It’s almost the weekend, friends.  Cheers to you!

Happy Hour: Rye Mule | Relishing It

The Recipe: Rye Mule

(makes 1)

2 ounces Rye

4 ounces ginger beer

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Fill a high-ball cocktail glass with ice.  Add the rye, ginger beer, and lime juice.  Mix with a stirring stick.  Drink. 🙂

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