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


Horchata is a refreshing Mexican rice milk drink with a hint of cinnamon served over ice. Looking for a non-alcoholic drink to serve with your Mexican food? This Horchata is the best Mexican drink recipe for any occasion.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 8 servings


  • 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)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white sugar


  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.