As a little girl, I used to go on beach vacations with my grandmother and we would stay at her friend Soledad’s guest house. Doña Sole, as we affectionately called her, always welcomed us with a refreshing rice drink called resbaladera, which is prepared in much the same way as horchata.
Resbaladera is a traditional beverage of the northern region of Costa Rica and was given that name for its sort of creamy texture (similar to that of atole), because if you drink it while it’s very cold, it slides down your throat. It’s very refreshing, a wonderful thirst quencher on a hot day.
Many people may confuse resbaladera with horchata, but the difference is that resbaladera contains barley, in addition to rice. Also, although both have just about the same ingredients, they have very different tastes.
Resbaladera is very easy to make. I hope you like it! It’s perfect with lunch or when you simply want to quench your thirst.