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Kick-start Modesto’s anniversary with a round of horchata

Friday, July 1st, 2011

062311_horchataIn this business, restaurateurs breathe a sigh of relief when they make it past that important one year mark. Five years is even better, and 10 years? Well, now you’ve got some history! Modesto owners Brendan Marsden and Julie Block are celebrating that decade milestone this month at their tapas bar and restaurant located on Shaw Avenue on The Hill.

To kick-start the party, they are bringing back horchata al modesto, a tasty cocktail version of the milky drink that originated in Valencia, Spain. Originally, horchata was made using ground tiger nuts, small tubers known in Spanish as chufa. But these days, you may find ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice or even barley in this refreshing summer drink.

You can make Modesto’s alcoholic version at home using the recipe below, but we think you’ll have a lot more fun sipping it at the restaurant where a weeklong pig roast led by Modesto’s exec chef Grace Dinsmoor begins next Tuesday, July 5. Want the deets about these upcoming events? Sign up for the newsletter on Modesto’s website and the news will land in your inbox.

¡Enhorabuena, Modesto! And thanks for giving us an easy reason to drink this weekend!

Horchata al Modesto

Courtesy of Modesto’s Marcia Recks

Serves 1

1 Tbsp. coconut purée (see note)
1 oz. Licor 43
1 oz. vanilla vodka
3 oz. milk
Cinnamon sticks

• Place ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously to combine ingredients.
• Pour mixture in a glass (with the ice) and grate cinnamon over the top of the cocktail.

Note: Coconut purée is sold at Olive Farmer’s Market, located at 8041 Olive Blvd., in University City. You can also prepare coconut purée at home by cracking open a fresh coconut, available at many Asian markets, and puréeing the meat with a little bit of milk.

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