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La Libertad

La Libertad Department, El Salvador
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Hawking Horchata Santa Tecla  El Salvador

Hawking Horchata

Found in stalls plotted roadside and lining market streets, horchata is a staple of Salvadoran cuisine. Elsewhere in Central America, the sweet beverage is often built from a ground rice or sesame seed base, however the Salvadoran version is usually crafted from morro seeds.

Typically served in plastic bags over ice––with a brightly-coloured straw tie serving dual purposes––the drink features the ground seeds flavoured with cinnamon, vanilla and lashings of sugar (though there are, naturally, a number of variations to be found). Certainly my top beverage, the only complaint I have is that it disappears far too quickly...