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A festive sip that's a twist on the rum and eggnog classic.
To quote the ever-relevant Taylor Swift, ’tis the damn season—and with that comes all the festivities, frenzy and feels. To inspire a vibe that’s more “fiesta” than “frantic” this holiday season, Alimentaria Mexicana has a cocktail that’s a sweet Mexican retreat (minus the airport lines): the Spiked Horchata. A twist on the classic combo of rum and eggnog, each creamy, cinnamon-kissed sip of this rum-infused traditional Mexican rice milk is a festive toast to you. Kick back, curl up next to the fireplace (channel), and let’s salud to shaking up tradition and savouring the moment, one sip at a time.
½ oz Licor 43 Spanish liqueur
1½ oz Crown Royal whisky
2 oz horchata*
Sugar and/or vanilla mixed into the cream (optional, to taste)
*Horchata powder mixed with milk rather than water works best for this recipe (powder available at Fresh Is Best at 2908 W Broadway).
1. Stir the Licor 43, Crown Royal and horchata over ice until cold.
2. Strain into a cocktail glass (a coupe or martini glass works best).
3. Top with fresh cream and a dash of cinnamon.
4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick for extra flair.
Ever sipped on horchata? This sweet, milky, chilled beverage, popular in Latin America, is the grown-up version of that Cinnamon Toast Crunch milk you secretly adore. Beyond its addictive taste, it’s a health powerhouse—packed with vitamins C and E, and minerals like calcium and magnesium.
Bonus: It’s lactose-, casein- and gluten-free, making it a tummy-soother. As for curing hangovers? The jury’s still out on that one.