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!)
Horchata de Coco
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup sweetened coconut, shredded or flaked
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar
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.
How's winter treating you? Are you ready for warmer weather?