Saturday, February 18, 2012

Horchata de Coco {Coconut Horchata}


Horchata de Coco - lacocinadeleslie.com

I really wish I had taken time out from enjoying my tamales on El Dia de la Candelaria (Candlemas) and paid a little more attention to whether or not Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog's Day.  I don't think I can take much more of this cold, gray and rainy winter weather we've been having these past two weeks.  I know two weeks of 40 degree temperatures and scattered rain showers isn't really cause for complaint, but this unseasonable weather really has this California girl craving for a little sunshine.

Since I can't control the weather and make the sunshine come to me, I had to make something that would remind me of warm, sunny weather.  Enter Horchata de Coco!  Whenever I drink this creamy, coconut agua fresca, I feel like I should be relaxing on a tropical beach somewhere, soaking in the sun, listening to the waves crash upon the sand.  Throw in a couple of palm trees and a good book and all that's missing is a cute little umbrella in my drink to complete my summer fantasy.   (Sigh!) 



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Horchata de Coco

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut, shredded or flaked
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Directions:
In a small saucepan, simmer the milk and coconut over low heat for about 5 minutes or until very warm.  Be sure to stir constantly, otherwise the coconut will settle on the bottom and start to burn.  Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

In a blender, puree the cooled milk and coconut until smooth.  Strain into a 2-quart pitcher.  Fill the pitcher with water and sweeten with sugar.  Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.  

Serve over ice or refrigerate until ready to serve.  Enjoy!!!  *For a grown-up version, pour a shot (or two) of rum into each glass before serving. 


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How's winter treating you?  Are you ready for warmer weather?

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13 comments:

  1. wonderful and very refreshing... on favorite's one!
    Lxx

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  2. Another easy Mexican gem. I love horchata, but coconut is new to me. Will definitely try this!

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  3. Yummy. This would totally make me feel warm and sunny inside...especially with that added shot of rum ;). I've had enough cold, that's for sure. I know we're not done, though...for sure we'll see some more snow eventually. I could use a good week-long vacay on a warm, sunny beach with plenty of tropical cocktails at hand...

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  4. You are going to think I am crazy, but I love winter, and really want some snow here:-) After being in Arizona for 15yrs, I miss cold weather. But the silly Carolinas have not had snow, crazy right:-) Love love your pictures:-) Your horchata would be awesome in my morning smoothie! Hugs, Terra

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  5. This looks great! I Love your blog..... absolutely one of my favorites and I only have a few! Happy weekend. Hope warm sun hit your skin soon..... from one California girl to another. :) Off to make my coco horchata! :)

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  6. Horchata de coco, sounds delicious for a warm and sunny day, like today in Lima. The beach is crowded. I´m a winter person but I´m going to prepare this horchata for the weekend. Thanks for the recipe, Leslie.

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  7. wow sounds delicious! I'm gonna try this! thanks for the recipe!

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  8. That sounds awesome - and easy. I wish I would have made this for my Mexican family when they were here. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I'm so craving summer weather and horchata makes me miss sunny days :( This looks so yummy, especially with rum! YUM!

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  10. We are not feeling the pinch of winter, but that would not stop me from having at least four glass of this stunning drink!!

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  11. wow, I am adding this to our drink selection! thanks!
    regards,
    Theresa

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  12. I LOVE horchata and anything with coconut. This sounds like a perfect match.

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  13. Hi Leslie I'm really happy to have discovered your blog, I'm adding your blog to my blog list :) wonderful recipes & posts I myself am half mexican and <3 to cook Mexican food as well. The horchata de coco looks and sounds so refreshing i'll be making it soon and trying your recipe for "Mole Ranchero" soon too and the Bunuelos de Platano too, so many things I want to try!

    Saludos from down here in Los Angeles

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