Orchata (Indian Almond and Rosewater Drink)

Orchata (Indian Almond and Rosewater Drink)
Orchata (Indian Almond and Rosewater Drink)Jasmine P. Ting

Of all the heat-beating cold drinks in India's southwestern Goa state, perhaps the most lush is the orchata. Not to be confused with Mexican horchata, orchata is a clean, simple drink made from ground almonds and sugar, faintly accented by rose, and is prepared most often for special occasions. In Maria Teresa Nenezes' Goan cookbook and memoir, The Essential Goa Cookbook, she writes of the drink offered at her sister's wedding party in 1935: "Trays of wine, liquors, the special xaropes, or syrups, of Goa … We children concentrated on orchata, and of course, sampled every tray that passed us!"

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