Horchata

This Horchata recipe is a refreshing Mexican rice milk drink with a hint of cinnamon served over ice. 

Horchata - a refreshing rice milk drink with a hint of cinnamon served over ice. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Growing up in Arizona, Mexican food and drinking Horchata was a regular thing. I know all my Arizona peeps can relate to late night Filbertos runs to get burritos or rolled tacos and of course a big Horchata to wash it down.

First of all, it’s pronounced or-CHAH-tah. The ‘h’ is silent. I’ve been pronouncing it wrong my whole life…Hhhhoooorrrchata. I guess the naughty sister of or-CHAH-tah?

I had a spontaneous craving for Horchata and announced to my husband that I was going to make said Hhhoooorchata and he gave me a horrified look like “You’re making what?”

He served a church mission speaking only Spanish for 2 years and is our household expert on all things Hispanic.

He approved of this recipe. I think it’s spot on. It’s a watery cinnamon drink that tastes like rice. I know that doesn’t sound appealing but it is so refreshing.

Horchata - a refreshing rice milk drink with a hint of cinnamon served over ice. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comThis is my ground up rice and cinnamon stick mixture soaking.Horchata - a refreshing rice milk drink with a hint of cinnamon served over ice. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comI’ll tell you – making this Horchata brought me right back to my childhood.

Horchata - a refreshing rice milk drink with a hint of cinnamon served over ice. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com
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Horchata
Ingredients
  • 1 1/3 cups uncooked white long-grain rice
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup milk (coconut milk is good here too)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
Instructions
  1. Pour the rice, cinnamon sticks, and 2 cups of water into the bowl of a blender; blend until the rice and cinnamon sticks begin to break up. Add the remaining 2 cups of water and let rice mixture stand at room temperature overnight.
  2. Strain the rice water into a pitcher and discard the rice. Stir the milk, vanilla, and sugar into the rice water. Chill and stir before serving over ice. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top when serving if desired.
Recipe Notes
Traditional Horchata is thin and on the watery side but feel free to add more milk to taste for a creamier version. Also, this doesn't make very much so you may want to double it.
Source: adapted from Allrecipes. Increased the rice, used cinnamon sticks, increased the milk, reduced the sugar.

 

Horchata - a refreshing rice milk drink with a hint of cinnamon served over ice. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

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  1. Horchata is a must! Yum!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  2. I’ll try it soon! This will taste my children . It looks so yummy

  3. My husband is addicted to Horchata but only 1 place in Abu Dhabi seems to serve it and it asks for a lot of $$$$$.
    Your just saved me and made a man very happy

  4. My kids are obsessed with horchata! Except they call it “por-chata,” and I can’t bring myself to correct them because it is hilarious. They will probably hate me when they are teenagers, or whenever it will be, that a friend or stranger points out that it’s actually not pronounced like that. Until then, I’m sure they will be begging me to make this homemade porchata! Thanks for the recipe!