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Horchata! June 18, 2010

Posted by graciegrapes in Food.

For those of you who don’t know what horchata is… it’s a refreshing drink of Hispanic origin. I would describe it as a cinnamon-y milk, however this recipe does not contain milk. I believe you can find a powder mix for horchata in Latin American markets, or even the Latin American section of the grocery store. I have never tried the powder mix form, but I have heard that it’s no where close to homemade. Plus, horchata is quite simple to make with this recipe.

The first time I had horchata was in high school at a meeting for either the Latin Student Assoc or Salsa Dance Club at my school. I just recall sampling multiple desserts and then being hand a cup of, what appeared to be, spiced milk. I didn’t know what it was at the time, but it was good!

Try out this simple recipe…

Homemade Horchata
from What.No Mints?


  • 1/2 uncooked white rice, rinsed
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vanilla extract

After rinsing your rice a couple of times with cold water, place in a food processor and pulverize until as smooth as possible.

Take breaks to scrape the sides down

It took a couple of minutes, but eventually the rice grains stopped clumping together and blended smoothly in the processor.  In a large bowl or container mix rice with hot water and sugar.

Liquid becomes milky... kinda reminded me of skim milk

Once the sugar has dissolved stir in the ground cinnamon and vanilla.  Refrigerate overnight, strain, and enjoy!

Not sure if it's supposed to separate into 3 layers after sitting overnight... but it tasted alright 🙂

The strained beverage can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.



1. whatnomints - June 18, 2010

Glad you liked it!! It looks like mine did and the mix did settle out when sitting in the fridge for longer periods of time – I just gave it a stir before pouring 🙂

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