Horchata

Traditional Valencian fridge horchatera

Horchata (/ɔːrˈɑːtə/; Spanish: [oɾˈtʃata] (About this soundlisten)), or orxata (Valencian: [oɾˈʃata]), is a name given to various kinds of plant milk beverages of similar taste and appearance. It originated at least as far back as 13th-century Valencia, where it is known as orxata de xufa. In Spain it is made with soaked, ground, and sweetened tiger nuts, but in Mexico and other parts of the Americas the base is white rice. In West African countries such as Nigeria and Mali, it is known as kunnu aya. Different varieties can be served hot or cold, and it is even used as a flavor in other beverages, such as frappé coffee.