Easy Homemade Horchata

horchata recipe

Horchata is the cold, creamy, rice-based drink you find at many Mexican restaurants.

Unfortunately, not all of it is real horchata anymore. Many places now serve horchata from a soda fountain, which like other sodas is made with flavorings, additives and high fructose corn syrup. That’s not really horchata!

Luckily, horchata is super easy to make at home. It’s a perfect addition to taco night or really any summer meal requiring a frosty beverage.

horchata recipe

This version is made with just rice, water, sugar and cinnamon. My guess is it would also be delicious spiked with a little vodka 😉

horchata recipe

Buen provecho!

Easy Homemade Horchata
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An authentic Mexican beverage at it's simplest - and best!
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 cup rinsed white rice
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Whirl rice in a food processor to break into small pieces. (This takes some pulsing and a few minutes of whirling).
  2. Pour into a bowl and add 3½ cups water, plus the cinnamon sticks (I used 3 but if you like a mild cinnamon taste, use 2). Cover and let stand overnight in the fridge.
  3. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Purée half of the mixture in batches in a blender until very smooth, about 2 minutes.
  4. Strain twice, through 3 layers of damp cheesecloth and then through a very fine strainer, into a pitcher. (It's important to thoroughly strain the mixture otherwise the horchata will taste and feel grainy).
  5. Pour over ice and serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¾ cup
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13 Responses to Easy Homemade Horchata

  1. Since I love orxata (the kind made with tiger nuts), I’m really excited to see the rice version. You say white rice, but exactly what kind of rice did you use? Minute rice, arborio, jasmine?

    I recommend trying this with some almonds, too. It’s more Spanish than Mexican that way, but it’s still delicious!

  2. I love horchata so much! I used to work at at a restaurant that served and sometimes I would “borrow” a bunch of the horchata powder so I could make it at home! A friend just introduced me to horchata ice cream and it was heavenly! I can’t wait to make this “)

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