Horchata Recipe | Sweet Mexican Horchata

My family’s homemade Horchata recipe is a must try! This refreshing and sweet Mexican drink is simple to make and has become a family favorite.

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Homemade horchata recipe. Ingredients list and easy directions for how to make your own. Sweet, chilled Mexican horchata drink made with rice + cinnamon.

Homemade Sweet Horchata Recipe

If you’re reading this recipe you’ve probably tried horchata somewhere (a restaurant?) and want to learn how to make this nectar from the gods (yes, horchata is that good) yourself. Well, we’re excited to share our horchata recipe with you and tell you the simple ingredients and easy directions you’ll need to make and enjoy horchata at home.

Horchata Recipe: Ingredients

The following ingredients can be picked up at any general grocery store.

1 cup uncooked white long-grain rice
5 cups water
1 cinnamon stick

1/2 cup milk
1/2 – 2/3 cup white sugar (to taste)
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

You will also need cheesecloth or another fine strainer.

Homemade horchata recipe. Ingredients list and easy directions for how to make your own. Sweet, chilled Mexican horchata drink made with rice + cinnamon.

Horchata Recipe: Directions

Here is our easy step-by-step directions for how to make your own Mexican horchata.

Step 1) Pulse

Pulse rice, a cinnamon stick, and water in a blender for about 1 minute. (The rice should not be finely ground but coarsely ground.)

Step 2) Soak

Let this mixture sit for a few hours at room temperature. You are letting the water soak up the rice and cinnamon flavors.

Step 3) Strain

Pour the mixture through cheesecloth into a pitcher to strain out the liquid. The cheesecloth helps keep out any pieces of rice or cinnamon. Give the cheesecloth a squeeze until you have collected all of the liquid in your pitcher.

Step 4) Add + Stir

Add the milk, sugar (we like using 1/2 cup), and vanilla into your pitcher and stir until blended.

Step 5) Chill

Chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. If you would like, sprinkle a little cinnamon powder on top (see picture for reference) as garnish and for an added cinnamon taste.

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Horchata Recipe | Sweet Mexican Horchata

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

My family’s homemade Horchata recipe is a must try! This refreshing and sweet Mexican drink (made from rice) is simple to make and has become a family favorite. We’re excited to share our horchata recipe with you and tell you the simple ingredients and easy directions you’ll need to make and enjoy horchata at home.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked white long-grain rice
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 - 2/3 cup white sugar (to taste)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pulse rice, a cinnamon stick, and water in a blender for about 1 minute. (The rice should not be finely ground but coarsely ground.)
  2. Let this mixture sit for a few hours at room temperature. You are letting the water soak up the rice and cinnamon flavors.
  3. Pour the mixture through cheesecloth into a pitcher to strain out the liquid. The cheesecloth helps keep out any pieces of rice or cinnamon. Give the cheesecloth a squeeze until you have collected all of the liquid in your pitcher.
  4. Add the milk, sugar (we like using 1/2 cup), and vanilla into your pitcher and stir until blended.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. If you would like, sprinkle a little cinnamon powder on top (see picture for reference) as garnish and for an added cinnamon taste.
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2 thoughts on “Horchata Recipe | Sweet Mexican Horchata

    1. Yes, it does! I had no idea either until we decided to start making our own. We’ve been known to also get horchata from Cafe Rio 😉 It’s so good!

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