|Steel Cut Oats|
Previously I wrote about exploring Orgeat and Horchata. (Steel Cut Oat Orgeat)
This is a whole branch and style of drink or beverage based on grains or nuts. Horchata being made with rice in the Western Hemisphere or chufa in Spain (earth almonds, tigernuts) and Orgeat generally being made with Almonds in France.
Usually it is purchased pre-made in a syrup form, at your local latin grocer. Just add water and chill. It is a refreshingly sweet summer beverage with maybe a hint of cinnamon or orange flower water. But it is easily made at home from scratch. The almond orgeat is most frequently used in Tiki drinks in North America. The Mai Tai being the most identifiable cocktail using Almond Orgeat.
I experimented with some different grains and nuts last year and was very happy with most of the results. My favorites were the ones I made with Cashews or with Steel Cut Oats.
Oats have been used for years in Ireland, Scotland and England in beverages that led to it being the basis for many ales and whiskys.
This year I tried making the oatmeal orgeat (henceforth Oat Cream) with apple cider instead of water as the base. This adds some acid (tartness) to the cream, along with the great apple taste that just goes so well with oatmeal.
Here is the recipe along with recipes for using it in a cold drink and a hot drink. This can always be used by adding water and ice for a delicious non-alcoholic drink too!
|Cider and Oats|
After about 3-4 hours remove from heat and allow to cool to room temp. Then cool, covered, in fridge.
After it has cooled it is time to hand blend this mixture. Remove the jelly bag and set aside in a bowl. Blend the oats and cider for about 3 minutes. We are making the oat milk now. let it rest for 5 minutes and blend again for 2 minutes.
Now you can fine strain this. Make sure you stir it well before straining to capture all the cider oat milk. Now add the 2 qts of sugar to this mixture and stir until dissolved. Add the cinnamon from the jelly bag to this. Stir and strain again once all the sugar is dissolved.
Done. Keep refrigerated in air tight containers. Will last several months this way.
Pinch of Salt
Try a dash Angostura Bitters on top.
Apple-Oat Cream is great mixed with Rum, Anejo Tequila, Calvados, Bourbon, Rye, Cognac in various ways hot or cold.