Mexican Hot Chocolate and Horchata - recipes

Mexico has a number of drinks that are only now gaining in popularity in North America and elsewhere, despite their exhilarating tastes. Here are a couple of the more popular beverages: chocolate and horchata.

The molinillo (back) has holes and helps whip the hot chocolate and give it froth.
The molinillo (back) has holes and helps whip the hot chocolate and give it froth.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican hot chocolate has a few ingredients missing in its northern cousin - almonds, vanilla, cinnamon, and sometimes even a bit of chili (for a subtle bite). Made with milk, the chocolate can be bought in hexagonal pieces with cinnamon, almond and cinnamon flavoring already in it (both Abuelita and Ibarra are popular brands), but in Mexican open air markets, the mixture is more "rough" looking and available in bars or cones. You then use a molinillo (wooden whisk) to give your chocolate a nice froth on top.

Horchata - Cold Mexican rice drink

In the summer months, a sweet, cinnamon rice drink is popular in Mexico. A variant of the original drink from Moorish Spain, Mexican horchata is prepared by soaking white rice in water (overnight), and then using a blender to process. (You can then use a sieve to strain out the dregs, or just let them settle to the bottom of the pitcher or jar). Sugar and cinnamon and/or vanilla extract are added, along with ice, before serving.

Despite being white and "milky", horchata is non-dairy and safe to drink by those who are lactose intolerant!

The Salvadorean variant has cocoa and an herb ("morro", calabash), and the Ecuadorean version is an herbal drink without rice.

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9 comments

Jrsanchez 9 years ago

Yummo! I love Mexican hot chocolate. Thanks for including the recipe- now I don't have to call my Grandmother for it everytime I want to make it.


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Moonmaiden 9 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

Whenever I go to Linneas on Garden St. in San Luis Obispo, I always order the Mexican Hot Chocolate. Thanks for sharing your recipes.


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basspro 9 years ago

That is some good stuff.


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Online Dating 9 years ago

damn, I'm off to make it right now! muito obrigado o meu amigo mexicano!


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embitca 9 years ago from Boston

I love Mexican hot chocolate! Thanks for the recipes, and thanks for being the first to join my fanclub. I was feeling lonely LOL


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Miss Donna 9 years ago

MMMMM Mexican hot chocolate.

Gracias, mi amigo.


jjrubio 7 years ago

Those are all great! I also like Champorada!


fadeela  6 years ago

hope i find ingredients in south Africa Durban


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I love both Mexican horchata and hot chocolate. Peru has its own hot chocolate which, unfortunately, can't hold a candle to the Mexican version.

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