Monday, January 24, 2011


The first time I had Horchata was while I was in college. It wasn't a great experience. Someone pulled out a 2 liter bottle of the stuff... warm.  Yuck!
 I realize that I had a bad experience, and continued to try it over the years, but never really liked it.  My husband loves it though, so when I found this recipe on, I knew I had to make it just for him.  And of course, I had to try it. And you know what? This recipe might have made a believer out of me! 
What is Horchata?  It is a Mexican drink made from rice, water, and milk!  Cinnamon and other seasonings flavor it.  Keep in mind that this recipe takes 3 hours to make. The rice and water mixture has to sit that long. So, plan ahead!


1 cup uncooked white long-grain rice
5 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 Tb vanilla extract (yes, that's Tablespoons!)
1/2 Tb ground cinnamon (I might cut this down a little next time.)
2/3 cup white sugar

Pour the rice and water into the bowl of a blender. Blend until rice just begins to break up, about 1 minute.  Let rice and water stand at room temperature for a minimum of 3 hours. 

Strain the rice water into a pitcher and discard the rice. Stir in the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar into the rice water. Chill, and stir before serving over ice.  (You do not want this warm!) 

Now that I've found a Horchata I like, I just might experiment next time by adding coconut! Keep in touch! 



  1. I have never heard of this drink before. I'm not really into drinking anything that's sweet, but this sounds very interesting.

  2. Kari,
    Hi! It's really not too sweet. I always described it (before I liked this one) as a watery milk! It does have some sweetness from the sugar, but not a ton. Let me know if you try it!

  3. I love Horchata, it's SO good!

  4. I LOVE Horchata but it is hard to find one I think and it has to be ice cold. Thanks for the recipe find, I will definitely be trying this!!