In Mexico this beverage is made from rice, water and sugar, flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. It is served cold as a popular type of "agua fresca". It is traditionally made by hand, but commercial preparations are also available. Its ingredients vary in other countries. Say: "or CHAH tah"
Here is a recipe that makes 2 quarts:
- Soak the rice overnight in 3 cups of the water. Add the rice, soaking water and cinnamon to a blender and puree until smooth, 2-3 minutes.
- Strain into a pitcher through a fine-meshed sieve or several layers of cheesecloth. There should be no grit or large particles in the liquid.
- Stir in the remaining 3 cups water, sugar and vanilla. Adjust sugar to taste and serve well chilled.