Spanish Horchata | Orxata de Xufa
Updated: Mar 21, 2019
Origin - Spain
Horchata is a refreshing, slightly creamy, classic Mexican drink made with rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. In other Hispanic countries, it includes tiger nuts, almonds, peanuts, and cashews which give it a unique nutty flavor. Horchata is a great drink to cool you down after a bite of spicy foods or even during a long, hot summer day.
[ Fun Fact ]
Nowadays, we can find different drinks called “Horchata” throughout the world, but not all of them are made with tiger nuts. For instance, in Mexico they make Horchata using rice and in South America they use melon seeds or even sesame seeds.
[ History ]
Valencia, Spain is known as the home of horchata, or Orxata de Xufa, and the use of tiger nuts in the drink, thanks to the Muslim community in Valencia from the 13th century.
The first use of tiger nuts in beverages can be traced back all the way to the ancient Egyptian times where they were considered as magic seeds because they could grow under extreme conditions and were kept as sacred offerings in Pharaoh coffins!