Coconut horchata served with a modern twist. We spherified the horchata using frozen reverse spherification and served it atop a delicious cinnamon fluid gel for a memorable presentation.
- Horchata Sphere:
- 1 Cup Rice
- ½ Cup Almonds, Chopped, Unsalted, Roasted
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 13.5 oz Coconut Milk
- ½ cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 5g Calcium Lactate Gluconate
- 500g Distilled Water (for setting bath)
- 3.5g Perfected Sodium Alginate
- Cinnamon Fluid Gel:
- 250 g (1 cup) Water
- 50 g (3 tbsp, 1 tsp) Sugar
- 3.5g (1¼ tsp) Super Agar
- 0.3g Xanthan Gum
- 1.5 g (1 tsp) Ground Cinnamon
Create Horchata SpheresIn a bowl combine uncooked rice, almonds, and a cinnamon stick. Cover with water and let soak overnight.The next day drain the water and place the solids into a blender. Add in coconut milk, sugar, and water. Blend until smooth and strain to remove any solids.In a separate container weigh out 500g of horchata. Blend calcium lactate gluconate into horchata and let settle until all bubbles have dissipated. Save the remaining horchata mixture in a seperate container for later storage.Pour horchata mixture into reverse spherification mold and leave in the freezer overnight or until frozen solid.
Create Warm Sodium Alginate BathIn a container weigh out 500g distilled water and blend in 3.5 g of sodium alginate. Let settle until all bubbles have dissipated.In a small saucepan add water/sodium alginate mixture, place on low heat and warm to 130°F.
Create SpheresRemove horchata spheres from the freezer and place spheres in the warm alginate bath. Leave the spheres in the bath for 2-4 minutes.Remove spheres from the bath and place in distilled water.
Create Cinnamon Fluid GelIn a saucepan add in water and sugar, stir until the sugar is dissolved. Whisk in cinnamon, super agar, and xanthan. Whisk until combined. Bring to a simmer.Place cinnamon gel into a heat proof container and allow it to fully cool.Once the gel is cooled, place it into a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
Serve immediately with the horchata sphere, and enjoy.
StorageFor tips on how to store your spheres, refer to our free Spherification Course.The fluid gel can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.