Horchata is a Mexican drink made with rice and is flavored with cinnamon and sweetened with sugar. The rice is ground and mixed with water to make a milky looking drink. It is served over ice as a cooling beverage in Mexico's hot climate.
The roots of this drink stem from Egypt where they originally used the chufa nut to make horchata.
During ancient times, the drink made its way to Spain, where it is called horchata de chufa. When the Spaniards brought the drink to Mexico, the natives replaced the chufa nut with rice (although you can find the alternate chufa version in Mexico as well).
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