Horchata shop La Orxateria opens its doors today, Wednesday, December 20, in the North Loop neighborhood at 5460 Guadalupe Street. It also serves up aguas frescas, hot drinks, and paletas.
The name is based on the word orxata, the Catalan word for horchata. The drink is made with chufa nuts (aka tiger nuts) from Spain. La Orxateria’s menu includes variations on orxata, including one made with mangos, another with cold-brew coffee, and a tea version with Yaupon Chai.
The shop will also mix up various aguas frescas, from tamarind to watermelon to pineapple ginger. For the wintery weather (or Austin's version of it at least), there are hotter drinks, like apple cider spiced up with rosemary, and chai versions of orxata.
La Orxateria owner Manuel Flores also owns paleta stand Mom and Pops All Natural Frozen Pops. The frozen popsicles can be found at various Austin-area farmers markets, as well as In.gredients and Garbo's. It makes sense, then, that the Guadalupe shop will also offer up those paletas as well.
La Orxateria’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily