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Resbaladera (Costa Rican Chilled Barley Drink) recipe

Resbaladera - Costa Rican Chilled Barley Drink.Creamychilled grain and milk drinks are popular throughout Costa Rica.Here, both barley and rice are cooked with spices then pur edand strained for a unique and flavorful refresher. The wholecloves in this recipe soften enough during cooking so they canbe blended with the other ingredients.

Recipe: Resbaladera (CostaRican Chilled Barley Drink)

1 cup long grain rice, uncooked1 cup barley, uncooked2 cinnamon sticks5 cloves4 1/2 cups water – divided use1 teaspoon ground cinnamon3/4 to 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg or totaste1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract3 (12-ounce) cans NESTL ® CARNATION®Evaporated Milk3/4 cup to 1 cup granulated sugar or totaste

  • Combine rice, barley, cinnamon sticksand cloves in a medium saucepan. Add 3 cups water to cover themix. Bring mix to boil on medium high heat; reduce heat to low.Cover; cook for 20 minutes or until rice is soft (some additionalwater may need to be added to reach desired rice texture). Removefrom heat. Let it stand for 15 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks(cloves can stay). Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract.
  • Transfer half of grain mixture to blendercontainer. Pour in 1 1/2 cans of evaporated milk and 3/4 cupwater. Cover; blend until smooth. Strain mixture through finemesh strainer, into a wide mouth pitcher, using a spoon to pressthe grains against the strainer to get the most liquid out. Discardgrains. Repeat with remaining grain mixture, evaporated milkand water. Stir in sugar to taste. Add additional water to thinto desired consistency, if necessary. Cover and refrigerate untilwell chilled, about 3 to 4 hours. Serve cold.

    Makes 6 servings or 1 1/2 quarts.

    Recipe and photograph are the propertyof Nestl ® and, used with permission.

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