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Horchata or Tiger nut milk

The legend of how the Orxata (Horchata in Catalan) got its name is that the King Jaime II arrived very exhausted to Valencia after a long horse ride on a hot summer day and a girl was offering him a glass of a refreshing drink which he gladly accepted. After emptying the glass he turned to the girl and asked her “Què és això?” (“What is this?”), she answered: “Això és llet” (“This is milk”) and he told her “Això no és llet, això és or, xata!” (This isn’t milk, this is gold little girl!”).

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Tiger nut milk is a common drink in the summer months in Spain, you can even get it at the Supermarket, but it’s really good only fresh at places dedicated to tiger nut milk. It’s hard to pass by and not get one. At least for me. But I just found out how easy it is to make it yourself, and even better, partly because you can decide how sweet you want it.

Makes about 800ml.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of tiger nuts
  • 3 cups of water
  • a pinch of seasalt
  • Sugar, Maple syrup or Agave Syrup

Soak the tiger nuts in plenty water for at least 24h. Rinse with fresh water. Put in a high speed blender, together with the rest of the ingredients. Blend for 2-3min and pass it throug a fine mesh thieve, a cheese cloth or nutmilk bag. Sweeten it to your taste (try first, it has a natural sweetness).

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