Oh MAN is it hot today!!! In case you haven't been outside at all yet, news all over the country is pretty much that today's summer solstice is setting record high temperatures. I guess it's pretty fitting that the first official day of summer is also the first super hot day we get this year, but I am definitely not enjoying walking down the streets of NYC and being covered in sweat in a matter of seconds.

So, to cool down today, I've decided that it's time to start drinking some of my favorite summer Latin drinks! Now, since we're all at work, these aren't alcoholic—but they're definitely delicious. If you're feeling as hot (and not in a good way) as I am, then indulge in one of these 5 Latin drinks to cool down with during today's heat wave.

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What is your favorite Latin drink to have on a HOT day like today? Share with us in the comments below!

5 Latin Cool Down Drinks

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Horchata

Ingredients: Crushed pound of morro seeds, 2 ounces of cinnamon, 2 whole nutmegs, 2 ounces of coriander seeds, 25 allspice berries, 4 pounds of rice

Directions:
1. Begin to brown the rice (do not add water). To make sure it doesn’t burn, keep stirring it. Add in the cinnamon, coriander seeds, nutmeg, and allspice berries. Keep stirring until golden brown.

2. Later mix in a blender with the crushed pound of morro seeds until it becomes a fine powder. (In Latin America, cooks have the added benefit of local mills to do this, but for city dwellers, a blender will do). Your yield will be high, perhaps enough to last you all summer. In this case, store extra horchata powder in airtight container, like the ones you use for cereal, or in glass jars.

3. Now to make a liter of horchata you’ll need 2 cups of water, a cup of milk (almond milk adds an extra dimension of nutty flavor to the drink), and 8 table spoons of your horchata mixture. Mix the 8 table spoons of mixture with some of the water and strain through a cheese cloth. You may want to strain it back and forth a couple of times to get the most out of the horchata powder. Once strained, add in the rest of the water and milk and add sugar or honey to taste. Garnish with a stick of cinnamon, serve ice cold and enjoy.

Recipe courtesy of Campus Clipper.

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Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

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SEA0701

mmmm My fav will forever be "las minutas" aka "raspados" aka "snow cones" LOL...mmmm I go crazy for them in the summer!!

Jeann...

Horchata is my absoulte FAVORITE drink!!!!

another summer drink
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