It’s time for our Flavor spotlight again and this time we are focusing on one of our absolute favorite juices — Horchata E Juice. This juice is rich, creamy, and full of fun flavor that the Southwest is famous for. So where does Horchata come from? What’s the history behind this famous flavor?
Let’s delve a bit deeper into the rich history of this historical drink!
Horchata E Juice | A Historical Connection
Horchata, also known as orxata, actually refers to several different kinds of beverages which originated in Valencia. The drink is typically made of rice — but other types can be made from ground almonds, sesame seeds, barley, tiger nuts, and melon seeds. When the drink was popularized in Spain, it was given the name Horchata de Chufa, and it was made from tiger nuts, water, and sugar. It is served ice cold, usually in the summer. The form of Horchata made with tiger nuts was often given to those with lactose intolerance.
With the influence of Spanish culture in the Latin Americas, the tradition of Horchata was brought along. However, forms of Horchata vary throughout Latin America. For example, in Mexico and Guatemala, it is commonly made with rice, vanilla, and always with cinnamon. But move further South, and Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador make a drink called semilla de jicaro. This is their version of Horchata and it is made from jicaro seeds ground with rice. They mix spices with the ingredients such as cocoa, cinnamon, sesame seeds, nutmeg, and vanilla. Notably, in Ecuador, Horchata is a clear red liquid made with 18 herbs and spices!
So what’s the right way to make Horchata?
There’s no one “right” way. Cultures grab central ideas and add their own flair, morphing tradition to make it their own. That’s the amazing part of being human! But our Horchata E Juice loves to celebrate this, and we include the creamy tastes of rice milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. We highly suggest you check out this amazing vape juice and celebrate the melting pot that is our great world!
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