Help Me Make a Homemade Instant Horchata Mix

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Q: I spent my college years in southern California and formed a strong affection for Mexican horchata. It's such a great summer refreshment, and if my boyfriend had his way, we would go through a large pitcher every weekend. I have found mixes here on the east coast that produce a tasty drink, but they are prohibitively expensive. I would make it from scratch, but it would be an obnoxious amount of work to make the volume we want to drink.

Do any readers have suggestions for a recipe for homemade instant horchata mix? I'm planning to try some variations on the ingredients listed on the storebought mix (sugar, milk powder, rice flour, cinnamon, guar gum) but I would love to hear if anyone has had success with this.

Sent by MaryEditor: This is a great question, Mary. I've never made instant horchata mix myself, but maybe one of the readers has? Has anyone tried anything like this? Any advice?

 

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