If you’re a fan of refreshing and delicious drinks, you’re probably familiar with horchata. This creamy, sweet, and cinnamon-spiced beverage is a favorite in many Latin American countries and has become increasingly popular around the world. But have you ever thought about turning horchata into a cocktail? And what if you added another delicious ingredient, like ube, and then combined it with vacuum-distilled Nankai Shochu? Our good friend and mixologist Irwin Munoz of Big Bear, CA did just that and introduced us to a banger of a cocktail.
- Cocktail Shaker
- 2 oz Nankai Shochu
- 4 oz Rice Horchata
- 0.5 oz Ube Condensed Milk
- Combine Nankai Shochu, Ube Milk, and Horchata in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake vigously to mix and chill.
- Serve over ice.
What is Ube?
Ube is a type of purple yam that is popular in Filipino cuisine and has become increasingly popular in other parts of the world in recent years. The history of ube can be traced back to ancient times in the Philippines, where it was originally used for medicinal purposes.
In recent years, ube has experienced a surge in popularity in the United States and other western countries, thanks in part to the rise of social media and food bloggers. Ube has become a popular ingredient in all sorts of desserts, including cakes, cookies, ice cream, and even donuts.
What is Horchata?
Horchata is a refreshing drink that is popular in many Latin American countries, as well as in Spain. While the exact origin of the drink is unclear, various cultures have enjoyed a form of horchata since ancient times.
Regardless of its origin, horchata spread throughout the world and became a popular drink in many different cultures. In Mexico, for example, horchata is typically made with rice, cinnamon, and sugar.
Here are a few reasons why ube combined with horchata makes a wonderful cocktail:
Ube Horchata’s Unique and Eye-Catching Color
One of the first things you’ll notice about ube is its vibrant, purple color. When combined with the creamy, pale hue of horchata, you get a beautiful and eye-catching drink that is sure to impress your guests. Ube horchata is a perfect drink to serve at parties or other festive occasions, as its striking color will make it stand out from other drinks.
Ube Horchata’s Sweet and Creamy Flavor
Mexican Horchata is creamy and sweet, which is achieved through a combination of rice, cinnamon, and sugar. Ube, on the other hand, has a mild, nutty flavor that is slightly sweet. When you combine these two ingredients, you get a drink that is both creamy and slightly sweet, with a nutty undertone that complements the cinnamon in the horchata. And both ingredients complement the clean, crisp taste of Nankai Shochu.
Versatility of Nankai Shochu and Horchata
Horchata is a versatile drink that can be customized in many ways. You can adjust the sweetness, spice level, and texture to suit your taste. When you add ube to the mix, you open up even more possibilities. Nankai Shochu is particularly versatile as a spirit base that won’t overpower the delicate flavors of ube and horchata.
Ube and horchata are both ingredients that have cultural significance. Ube is a beloved ingredient in Filipino cuisine, while horchata is a staple beverage in many Latin American countries. Shochu is Japan’s national spirit and is revered for its craftsmanship and unique flavor. By combining these ingredients, you create a drink that celebrates the cultural diversity of our world and brings people together.
In conclusion, ube horchata would make a wonderful cocktail for many reasons. Its unique color, sweet and creamy flavor, versatility, and cultural significance all contribute to its appeal. So why not try making an ube horchata cocktail at your next party or gathering? Your guests are sure to love it!