During the hot summer months, there is nothing more refreshing than a cold beverage. And we’re going show you how to make an authentic Spanish beverage from scratch. Horchata, also known as Orxata on the Mediterranean coast, is a drink that looks hard to make, but actually isn’t. What may be hard is trying to find chufas at your local grocery store.
The horchata, or orxata, is originally from Alboraya, in Valencia. Because it is very refreshing, non-alcoholic and suitable for adults and kids alike, it has become very popular all around the Mediterranean Coast.
And in case you don’t know what a chufa (the main ingredient) is, you should know that it is a small tuber that looks like a dry peanut. Chufas are chewy and taste similar to coconut. They’re also quite nutritious. They’re excellent sources of vitamin E, which is important for healthy skin.It can be hard to find them at your local grocery store, but if you are lucky enough to find them, then definitely try this recipe. Otherwise, don’t forget to drink a glass or two of horchata next time you’re around Valencia!
- 250 grams chufa
- 1 liter water
- 75 grams sugar (you can add more or less, it’s up to you)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- Lemon (optional)
Wash the chufas carefully as they might be covered with soil. Soak them in water for at least 24 hours.
Blend the chufas. They should be ground as much as possible. Place your ground chufas in a jar, bottle or similar container and add the water. Cover and shake well, mixing the chufas with the water. Add the sugar as well and keep mixing everything together.
Use a thin strainer or coffee filter to separate the horchata from the impurities. Keep it in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving. It can last for about 2 days.