H is for Horchata de Cacahuate. Horchata is a traditional Mexican agua fresca made with rice. But there are also many versions of horchata made with other grains and ingredients like oats, dried cantaloupe seeds, and even roasted peanuts. Just be sure to use unsalted roasted peanuts. Raw and/or salted peanuts do not work for this recipe. If you like Mazapan (a traditional Mexican candy made with ground peanuts and cinnamon), you are going to love this Peanut Horchata (aka Agua de Cacahuate).
For more horchata recipes be sure to check out:
- Traditional Mexican Horchata
- Horchata de Avena (oats)
- Horchata de Coco (coconut)
- Mexican Chocolate Horchata
Horchata de Cacahuate
- 1-1/2 cups unsalted roasted peanuts
- 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
- 6 cups water, divided
- 1 (10 oz.) evaporated milk
- 3/4 to 1 cup granulated sugar
Puree the peanuts, cinnamon stick, and 4 cups of water in a blender until smooth. Strain mixture into a 2-quart pitcher. Stir in the evaporated milk and enough of the remaining water to fill pitcher. Sweeten with granulated sugar to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Pour horchata de cacahuate into glasses filled with ice. Enjoy!
*Tip: For a creamier horchata, stir in 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk and omit the granulated sugar.