Horchata en Guadalajara

Just for fun, and to cool down after a heated election in the US, I had a refreshing horchata from a mobile horchata vender in Guadalajara. Try it. You will love it.

Horchata (/ɔːrˈɑːtə/; Spanish: [orˈtʃata], or orxata (Catalan pronunciation: [oɾˈʃata]), is the name of several kinds of traditional beverages, made of ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley, tigernuts (chufas), or melon seeds.

The name derives from Valencian orxata, probably from ordiata, made from ordi (barley) (Latin *hordeata < hordeum). The Italian orzata, the French and English ‘orgeat‘ and the Surinamese Dutch orgeade have the same origin, though the beverages themselves have diverged, and are generally no longer made from barley.[5]

Various false etymologies exist – one legend links the origins of the name to James I of Aragon, who after being given the drink for the first time by a local in Alboraya, was said to have exclaimed in Valencian “Açò és or, xata!” (“That’s gold, darling!”)




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