Drink This: No.9 Horchata Cocktail

Written by Geri Koeppel Category: Drink Issue: July 2012

DRINK THIS: No. 9 Horchata Cocktail

Cream rises to the top, they say – as old adage that proves deliciously correct in the case of Windsor mixologist Matty Helland’s No. 9 cocktail, a milky-white concoction that beat out a bevy of contenders to win the critics’ pick at the Third Annual Devour Phoenix and Arroyo Vodka Bartending Competition in March. Helland starts with 1 ½ ounces of locally-made Arroyo Vodka infused with coriander seed,

black peppercorn, cloves and cinnamon sticks. He mists the glass with Yellow Chartreuse, adds 3 ounces of almond milk and homemade basmati rice horchata and ice, and garnishes with freshly ground cinnamon. 

Helland drew on both his Norwegian and Latino heritage for inspiration, combining the idea of a White Russian with the Mexican horchata rice milk drink. To that, we say, “Skål!” and “Salud!” And to you, we say “hurry” – the cocktail’s available for a limited time only, so try the No. 9 before it gets 86’d. During the off-peak hours between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., you can nab one for $5 (regular price $9).

The Windsor
5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
602-279-1111, windsoraz.com