Toasted Rice and Almond Horchata

Horchata is a sweet, rich agua fresca commonly prepared throughout Mexico.  It was brought to Mexico by the Spanish and originates from Valencia, Spain where it was prepared with chufa or tiger nuts.  While horchata has become known as a typically Mexican beverage the drink is prepared in various European countries as well as Central and South America and can be prepared with a base of barely, sesame seeds, cantaloupe seeds and/ fresh fruit.  The most common version of Mexican horchata is made with rice and cinnamon.  

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