Drink some plant protein. The classic horchatas consumed in Spain and Mexico start with a liquid that is made by steeping grains, nuts or chufa (a a tuberous root from Africa). The drink is sweetened and flavored with vanilla and cinnamon. Our version starts with vanilla soymilk, providing both some sweetness as well as vanilla flavor. (To refresh your memory, plain soymilk is made by soaking, cooking, pressing and grinding soybeans. Some brands of plain, unsweetened soy milk have only two ingredients, water and soybeans.)
Experiment by adding a little lemon, coconut or nutmeg flavors to the mix. For a cocktail version, add vanilla-flavored rum.
8 oz. vanilla soymilk
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch of nutmeg
1 teaspoon honey
Optional, for garnish: 1 cinnamon stick.
Add ingredients to a glass and stir. If desired, garnish with a cinnamon stick.