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This year winter is threatening to last forever. It seems that I have been cold for so long and I yearn for summer to come. I took it upon myself to see if I could hasten its arrival.

My abuelita used to say that summer and horchata was a natural pair. You couldn’t have one without the other. I have fond memories of drinking horchata on hot summer days. It was so cooling and fresh; it tasted like nothing else.

Since my grandma said the two went hand-in-hand and I knew that whenever summer came we would have horchata – logic would have it that the reverse was also true. Therefore, if I whipped up a jar full, summer should result. I had not tasted it for years and I began to look forward to this exercise.

I went to work and gathered up the ingredients. I blended rice, water, and canela. I let it soak in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning I added milk, and sugar. A splash of vanilla topped it off and I was in business.

I poured a tall glass and headed for the kitchen table. Glancing out the window I saw it had begun to snow. I knew it was not going to be easy to banish the winter. I brought the glass to my lips, took a sip and closed my eyes. I was immediately transported to my grandmother’s kitchen. It was warm and the smell of cooking meats and breads perfumed the air. My abuelita would hum a tuneless song as she worked; and all was right with the world.

I glanced out the window of my kitchen again. If anything the snow was coming down harder now. So, it’s on then. I was prepared to drink the entire pitcher right now, if need be. I was done with winter. I craved summer. I topped off my glass and raised it in challenge to the winter snow.

Too many words, sorry about that Light and Shade.  Here’s a recipe.



1 1/3 cup rice
5 cups of water
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup milk
1/3 cup white sugar (or to taste)
Vanilla (to taste)

Put 1 1/3 cup rice in the blender with about 2 cups of water and 2 cinnamon sticks. Blend until the rice and cinnamon are roughly ground. Add the remaining water and blend thoroughly. Pour into a pitcher and place in the refrigerator to soak (overnight is best but if you can’t wait that long go at least 4-5 hours).
Strain the mixture. Add the milk, sugar (a rounded 1/3 cup for ‘not too sweet’ – 2/3 cup for ‘sweet’) and a generous splash of vanilla. Serve chilled



21 thoughts on “Horchata

    1. The whole idea of seeking to control things that you should not be able to is intriguing. I believe this general quest has led to a lot of inventions over time and will undoubtedly continue to do so. Thanks for the read and the comment.


  1. It’s quite amazing how the human mind can connect seemingly unrelated things into one giant web of memories. Good luck with your challenge 🙂 And thanks for the recipe.


    1. I am also intrigued that the triggers for these memories can be so varied and disparate. Often times seemingly unrelated.


  2. I loved the description and the determination to bring in the summer. I also love the recipe. I had never heard of horchata. (word count is fine, don’t sweat it) Lyssa M x


  3. I love this! I also struggle with the word limit, but I’m glad you wrote this and posted it.

    (Also, thank you for the recipe, I have saved it.)


    1. It was kinda fun to write. Working off the prompt one swallow does not a summer make but I really needed to be verbose. Thanks for the read and the feedback.


  4. A lovely childhood memory (thanks for the recipe.) I’m sure for those living through last year’s harsh winter, a little abuelita magic would have been welcome.


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