Horchata - Rice Drink

Horchata - Rice Drink

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Lori Loucas


This is how my Grandma used to make this classic agua fresca for us. It is so refreshing and delicious, bringing back fond memories of childhood. MAKES ABOUT 6 CUPS OF HORCHATA. TIme does not include overnight soaking. This can be dairy free - just don't add the milk.


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10 Min
No-Cook or Other


How to Make Horchata - Rice Drink


  1. In a saucepan or microwave, heat just TWO (2) cups of water until hot. Put the rice and cinnamon stick in a glass bowl or heat-proof pitcher. Pour the hot water over and stir for a moment. Cover with plastic wrap and soak overnight, or at least 8 hours to soften the rice.
  2. Pour the rice and liquid into a blender jar. Blend until very smooth. Strain the mixture into a bowl, using a spoon to help the liquid pass through the strainer.
  3. Add the vanilla, milk, and the remaining 3 cups of water. Add the sugar, stirring until dissolved. Taste and adjust to your taste (more sugar, more milk, more vanilla, etc.). Refrigerate and serve cold over ice. I usually dust ground cinnamon over the top. Be sure to stir before serving, as the rice settles to the bottom.

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About Horchata - Rice Drink

Course/Dish: Other Drinks
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free

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