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Refreshing Horchata (Recipe)

Horchata is a traditional Mexican drink that is made with white rice soaked in water, flavored with cinnamon, and sweetened with granulated sugar. The mixture is blended together and then strained to remove solids. Some versions of horchata are dairy-free, while others contain milk, and some versions contain nuts or added flavors like vanilla or coconut.

The drink is often served as a refreshing beverage alongside Mexican meals and is a staple for Cinco de Mayo parties. Horchata can also be made with coconut instead of rice, and there are different variations of the drink throughout Latin America. The drink is smooth and rich, with just the right amount of sweetness.

About this recipe

Try Horchata, this milky delight that can make any summer day cooler and any meal more complete. This is your ticket to the most refreshing Horchata recipe out there!

Recipe background

Originating in Valencia, Spain, but wholeheartedly embraced by Mexico, Horchata is a rice-based drink infused with cinnamon and vanilla.

  • Origin: Valencia, Spain; popular in Mexico
  • Primary Flavors: Rice, cinnamon, vanilla
  • Recipe Type: Beverage

Why make this recipe?

  • Refreshment: The perfect quencher for hot days.
  • Easy-to-Make: Only a few ingredients needed.
  • Versatility: Pairs well with a variety of dishes.

Equipment required for this recipe

  • Blender
  • Strainer
  • Measuring Cups
  • Spoon
  • Pitcher


  • 1 cup white rice
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Soak: Combine rice, water, and cinnamon stick in a bowl. Let soak for 3 hours.
  2. Blend: Transfer to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Strain: Strain the mixture into a pitcher.
  4. Sweeten: Add sugar and vanilla. Stir.
  5. Chill: Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  6. Serve: Pour into glasses over ice.

How to serve Horchata

  • Glassware: Use tall glasses.
  • Garnish: A sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

What to serve Horchata with

  • Tacos
  • Burritos
  • Churros

My recommendations and tips

  • Use cold water for soaking for the best texture.
  • If possible, let it chill overnight to enhance the flavors.

Horchata storage ideas

  • Fridge: Keeps well for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze: For longer storage, consider freezing it.

Potential ingredients substitutes

  • White Rice: Can use brown rice for a nuttier flavor.
  • Sugar: Maple syrup or honey works too.

Nutritional Information


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Horchata dairy-free?
  • Yes, traditional Horchata is dairy-free.
  • Can I use pre-ground cinnamon?
  • Yes, but sticks offer a more authentic flavor.


This Horchata recipe is a sip of creamy, cinnamon goodness that’s both nostalgic and refreshing. Whether you’re pairing it with spicy Mexican food or savoring it on a hot afternoon, this Horchata drink never disappoints. Enjoy this refreshing taste of MexicošŸ„¤

Alternative drinks you may like: Agua fresca, Jamaica