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Homemade Horchata

Prep Time15 mins
Chill time3 hrs
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Latin American
Keyword: horchata recipe, Mexican milk drink
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Jade


  • 1 1/3 cups uncooked white long grain rice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 2/3 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract use clear vanilla for a whiter horchata
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup sugar


  • Put rice, 3 cups water, and cinnamon sticks in  blender.  Blend for about 1 minute.  Add as much of the remaining water as you can (my 6 cup blender couldn't handle 2 cups more water and we had some spillage so be wary) and blend until the rice and cinnamon sticks are roughly ground, about another minute.  
  • Transfer rice water mixture to a large pitcher and add the rest of the water. Let mixture soak overnight or at least 3 to 4 hours.
  • Strain rice mixture through cheese cloth (or coffee filter) into another pitcher.  If working by yourself this is best done in small batches.
  • Add milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar and stir well.  If desired, refrigerate until well chilled.
  • Serve in tall glasses with ice.


Makes 2 quarts


Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 89mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1.3% | Calcium: 7.2% | Iron: 1.8%