Gourd-Sesame Horchata at La Santaneca
Sweet and cinnamon-dosed, the horchata most taquerias serve is just one variety of many: Spain's tiger-milk horchata, for example, introduced to the Iberian Peninsula by the Moors and still made around Valencia. In Mexico, you can find rice-milk horchata with melon seeds and lime floating on top, as well as almond-rice drinks tinted pink with mashed prickly pear. And La Santaneca de la Mission, one of the city's best pupusa spots, sells horchata made with sesame and morro, or gourd, seeds ($2).
La Santaneca de la Mission: 2815 Mission (at 24th St.), 285-2131.