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Horchata, Sangria and Mojitos - 3 Great Summer Drinks

Updated on January 12, 2018
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Sweet Mixed Drinks to Beat the Summer Heat

The thermometer is threatening to hit three digits and it feels like an oven outside. Even my husband just went uptown - with no air conditioning in his dark truck - and requested that I be finished with this hub, please, and have all the drinks I made for picture-taking ready and waiting on the porch. That way he could have a nice iced drink when he got back and he wouldn't melt in the heat. I had to agree with him - it's very warm outside right about now and I'm melting, too.

After a day of working and dealing with the heat, there's something so satisfying about sitting on the porch, kicking up your feet, and enjoying a drink.

Better yet, invite some friends over! If you tell them you have fiesta-themed drinks, they'll be running through the screen door faster than you can blend the ice!

Two of the three drinks have alcohol in them, but even if you have someone who doesn't drink, the horchata will still be a yummy treat.

I have a Latin background, so plenty of fiestas and get-togethers have featured these drinks. Especially cooling is the mint mojito, the sangria is delectably sweet and the horchata is great for little ones, too, with its added milk and a rice base.

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Horchata, sangria and mojitos on a summer day.
Horchata, sangria and mojitos on a summer day. | Source

Cook Time for Horchata

Prep time: 3 hours 10 min
Ready in: 3 hours 10 min
Yields: 4-6 servings
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Horchata with cinnamon on top.
Horchata with cinnamon on top. | Source

Ingredients for Horchata

  • 1 cup long grain rice (Jasmine rice is good), uncooked
  • 5 cups water, approximately
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup natural sugar
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Add the 1 cup of Jasmine rice to a blender.Blend for about 30 seconds, just until the rice begins to break up to release the starches.  Let sit for 3 hours or more.Strain the water into a pitcher.  Cheesecloth works well, but in a pinch you can use a paper towel.Add 1/2 cup whole milk.Add 1 tablespoon vanilla.Add about 1 teaspoon cinnamon.Add 2/3 cup natural sugar and mix.  Put into refrigerator to cool and serve.
Add the 1 cup of Jasmine rice to a blender.
Add the 1 cup of Jasmine rice to a blender. | Source
Blend for about 30 seconds, just until the rice begins to break up to release the starches.  Let sit for 3 hours or more.
Blend for about 30 seconds, just until the rice begins to break up to release the starches. Let sit for 3 hours or more. | Source
Strain the water into a pitcher.  Cheesecloth works well, but in a pinch you can use a paper towel.
Strain the water into a pitcher. Cheesecloth works well, but in a pinch you can use a paper towel. | Source
Add 1/2 cup whole milk.
Add 1/2 cup whole milk. | Source
Add 1 tablespoon vanilla.
Add 1 tablespoon vanilla. | Source
Add about 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
Add about 1 teaspoon cinnamon. | Source
Add 2/3 cup natural sugar and mix.  Put into refrigerator to cool and serve.
Add 2/3 cup natural sugar and mix. Put into refrigerator to cool and serve. | Source

Instructions for Horchata

  1. Pour the rice into a blender and add the water. You want to add 5 cups of water or slightly less. Don't puree the rice - blend just until it starts to get cup up to release the starches - about 30 seconds.
  2. Let the rice and water sit out for three or more hours. Then, strain with cheesecloth or a paper towel into pitcher. Compost the rice.
  3. Add the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and finally the sugar, and mix well.
  4. Cool the mixture in the refrigerator. When it's time to serve, pour into glasses over ice and enjoy. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, if desired.
Delicious sangria - just in time for summer.
Delicious sangria - just in time for summer. | Source

Cook Time for Sangria

Prep time: 15 minutes, but then several hours to cool

Ready in: About 3 hours

Yields: 8-10 servings


Ingredients for Sangria

  • 1 can (20 oz.) pineapple chunks or 20 oz. freshly cut pineapple
  • 1 large orange, washed, wedged then quartered
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 lime, washed and quartered
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 cup Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle of Spanish red wine (I used Tempranillo)
  • 4 cups ginger ale

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Add the pineapple chunks to a large pitcher or serving bowl.Add the wedged and quartered oranges to the pitcher or bowl.Add the orange juice.Add the lime.Add the brandy.Add the Triple Sec or orange liqueur.Add the entire bottle of wine.  Chill several hours in refrigerator.After chilling, ladle into wine glasses.  You can add ice if you like.  Enjoy.
Add the pineapple chunks to a large pitcher or serving bowl.
Add the pineapple chunks to a large pitcher or serving bowl. | Source
Add the wedged and quartered oranges to the pitcher or bowl.
Add the wedged and quartered oranges to the pitcher or bowl. | Source
Add the orange juice.
Add the orange juice. | Source
Add the lime.
Add the lime. | Source
Add the brandy.
Add the brandy. | Source
Add the Triple Sec or orange liqueur.
Add the Triple Sec or orange liqueur. | Source
Add the entire bottle of wine.  Chill several hours in refrigerator.
Add the entire bottle of wine. Chill several hours in refrigerator. | Source
After chilling, ladle into wine glasses.  You can add ice if you like.  Enjoy.
After chilling, ladle into wine glasses. You can add ice if you like. Enjoy. | Source

Instructions for Sangria

  1. Add the pineapple chunks, orange wedges, orange juice, lime, brandy, Triple Sec, and red wine to a large pitcher or serving bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Chill in refrigerator.
  3. After chilling, pour in the ginger ale. It should be enough that you can taste it, with the equivalent of 4 cups. You can add more if you really like ginger ale, or less if you prefer.

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Pour into cups and add a few ounces of ginger ale for a really good mojito.Make the mint sugar syrup first.  Bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to boil.  Then, let simmer for 5 minutes. You'll need 4 fresh limes to make the lime juice and 15 minced mint leaves.Remove the sugar water from heat and add the minced mint.  Let the sugar/water/mint mixture sit one hour, stirring occasionally.You'll need about 4 small limes to make 6 tablespoons of fresh lime juice.After about an hour, add the lime juice to the blender.Add about 4 tablespoons of the mint sugar syrup to the blender.Add 3/4 cup of rum to the blender.Add enough ice to fill the blender container about halfway and blend for about 30 seconds.
Pour into cups and add a few ounces of ginger ale for a really good mojito.
Pour into cups and add a few ounces of ginger ale for a really good mojito. | Source
Make the mint sugar syrup first.  Bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to boil.  Then, let simmer for 5 minutes.
Make the mint sugar syrup first. Bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to boil. Then, let simmer for 5 minutes. | Source
You'll need 4 fresh limes to make the lime juice and 15 minced mint leaves.
You'll need 4 fresh limes to make the lime juice and 15 minced mint leaves. | Source
Remove the sugar water from heat and add the minced mint.
Remove the sugar water from heat and add the minced mint. | Source
Let the sugar/water/mint mixture sit one hour, stirring occasionally.
Let the sugar/water/mint mixture sit one hour, stirring occasionally. | Source
You'll need about 4 small limes to make 6 tablespoons of fresh lime juice.
You'll need about 4 small limes to make 6 tablespoons of fresh lime juice. | Source
After about an hour, add the lime juice to the blender.
After about an hour, add the lime juice to the blender. | Source
Add about 4 tablespoons of the mint sugar syrup to the blender.
Add about 4 tablespoons of the mint sugar syrup to the blender. | Source
Add 3/4 cup of rum to the blender.
Add 3/4 cup of rum to the blender. | Source
Add enough ice to fill the blender container about halfway and blend for about 30 seconds.
Add enough ice to fill the blender container about halfway and blend for about 30 seconds. | Source

Cook Time for Mojito

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour (you need to cook the sugar syrup)

Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients for Mojitos

Sugar Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • minced mint

Mojito:

  • 6 tablespoons lime juice, freshly made from limes
  • Sugar syrup (made from above)
  • 3/4 cup rum (I used Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum)
  • Ice (enough to fill blender about halfway)
  • 1 cup ginger ale

Instructions

  1. Make mint sugar syrup: add 1 cup sugar to 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and let simmer (but still bubbling) for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the minced mint. Let it sit for one hour. Stir occasionally. You can strain off the mint if you like, but I enjoy little sprigs of mint in my mojitos, so I do not strain the mint off
  2. While the syrup is sitting, get about 4 limes and make fresh lime juice - enough for 6 tablespoons.
  3. After one hour, in a blender, add the lime juice, 4 tbsp. of the mint sugar syrup, rum and enough ice to fill it halfway. Blend well.
  4. Pour into cups and add ginger ale to each cup, a few ounces each.
  5. Enjoy.
  • You can ground up the mint using a mortar and pestle, too. However, I have found that I enjoy the minced version because you get little sprigs of mint with each sip you take.
  • I also like using the blender to make a "slushy" version of mojitos as a thirst quencher on a hot day.
  • You will have leftover mint sugar syrup. Use it to make more mojitos! You can also add more of this syrup to your mojitos if you have a sweet tooth.

The mojitos are great on a hot day, as is the sangria and horchata.
The mojitos are great on a hot day, as is the sangria and horchata. | Source

© 2012 Cynthia Calhoun

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    • cclitgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      Shin_Rocka04 - hehe, now I have a craving. :D I need some horchata...with rum! That sounds like the perfect drink this evening. :D Thanks for stopping by!

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      shin_rocka04 

      5 years ago from Maryland

      Growing up in a very mixed community with a strong Salvadorean presence definitely made me fond of two things: pupusas and horchata. Rum with Horchata is one of the best things ever! It's like a buzzing dessert =). Great post.

    • cclitgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Ruchira - thank you so much! I love all these drinks. Just the other day, one of my friends was saying, "I want you to come back to my house and make mojitos again." Hehe. These are so refreshing. Thank you again. Hubhugs!

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      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      My absolute fav is mojito. did not try the horchata though.

      Thanks Cyndi for such a resourceful hub. Will give horchata and sangria a try.

      voted up as useful and sharing it across

    • cclitgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Rose! You know, I had friends over last night just to enjoy these drinks. After I made them for this hub I had lots of yummy leftovers. In the summer heat, it was so nice to drink them. :) Thanks for coming by!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      These drinks all look so refreshing! Thanks for the great recipes and photos.

    • cclitgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Julie - hi! Yeah, Sangria and "cerveza con limon" were my two favorite drinks when I was studying in Spain. It just captures the flavor of Latin culture for me. :) The horchata is one of my favorites, too. Yum! Thanks so much for coming by!

    • cclitgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Haha, alocsin - indeed, you can spike it with some rum or brandy. Mmm. That sounds pretty good. Thanks for stopping by and for the votes. I'll be over to visit your new hub in a few. :)

    • cclitgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      mecheshier - thanks for coming by! Do give these drinks a try! You can sub in more ginger ale and some lemon-lime soda in place of the rum. It'll be just as good. :) Thank you for your votes, too. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      tillsontitan - hehe, as promised I had those drinks read and we thoroughly enjoyed them out on the rocking chairs on the porch. The birds were chirping, the sun was setting - it was wonderful, hehe. That's so awesome that you're familiar with these drinks. I'm willing to be you have some great recipes, too. Your friend makes and bottles Sangria? WOW! That's awesome! I'll have to be on the lookout for it...as soon as I find out the name. :) Thanks for coming by!

    • cclitgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Docmo - are you enjoying that sangria on this lovely Saturday? Hehehe. I'm actually going to have some friends over to enjoy the "fruits" of my sangria labors. :D I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by! :)

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      Jools99 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      I love Sangria - so easy to make and I do prefer a sweeter drink though to be honest, I'm easy to please (except I don't like gin at all). The non-alcoholic ones are always useful if you have friends and family who don't drink and this one sounds nice too.

      Voted up etc.

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Horchata would be my favorite -- it's quite common here in Southern California. Although you'd need to spike it a little to add the same kick as the other drinks. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      mecheshier 

      6 years ago

      I love Horchata. Thank you so much for the recipe. I will have to give the Mojito a try (w/out the alcohol), it looks very refreshing. Thank you for the great Hub. Voted up for useful.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      The Hochata sounds very interesting...I'm a big fan of rice! Your Latin background is showing very nicely...keep it coming!

      My kids absolutely love Mojito and grow fresh mint just to garnish there Mojitos. Not to leave out the lonely Sangria, my daughter's friend makes and bottles Sangria and has just gotten several contracts with big stores nearby.

      So, not only have you hit two of my family's favorite drinks, you have provided great recipes and reminded us how good they taste in this weather.

      I do hope you had those drinks ready for your husband!

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      Two of my absolute favorites here- Sangria and Mojito ( not tried the Hochata yet but sounds delish). thanks for reminding me how nice these are - the temp is quite warm here too and humid. I think the weekend belongs to Sangria!

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