Horchata Recipe

Make this easy, refreshing and cool Mexican Horchata Recipe at home!
Categories Easy
Prep Time 10 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 177 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


  • 1 cup long grain white rice rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup almond milk can also use regular milk
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar plus more to taste
  • 1 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ice


  1. Wash and drain rice. Combine rice with cinnamon sticks in water and soak overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. After the rice has soaked for at least 8-10 hours, preferably overnight, discard the cinnamon sticks and pour rice and water into a blender.
  3. Add 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and blend on low for 3-5 minutes until well blended.
  4. Pour blended rice mixture through fine mesh sieve two times and then through cheesecloth one more time to remove all gritty bits of rice.
  5. Pour strained mixture into a pitcher, add milk, brown sugar and vanilla and stir well to combine. Add more sugar if needed, to taste.
  6. To serve, pour over ice and garnish with ground cinnamon, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Horchata Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 14
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.5g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.8g 4%
Cholesterol 4.1mg 1%
Sodium 26.6mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 36.5g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Sugars 10g
Protein 3.5g 7%
Vitamin A 2%
Calcium 7%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.