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Horchata in a glass with ice.
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Easy Mexican Horchata Recipe

Horchata is an iced rice milk beverage from Mexico that's a simple blend of rice, cinnamon, almond milk and sweetener. Watch the video above to see how easy it is to make!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Chill Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Easy horchata recipe, Horchata, Horchata Recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cups almond milk or any dairy or dairy-free milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or other sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Under running water, rinse the rice in a fine mesh sieve.
  • Add the rice, water, and cinnamon sticks to a high speed blender. Blend for about 40-60 seconds until the rice and cinnamon are grounded.
  • Pour the mixture into a large container. Then cover and let it chill in the fridge for about 8-12 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Over a pitcher, strain the mixture through a nut-milk bag.
  • Stir in the milk, vanilla, and maple syrup. Taste test and add more sweetener if needed.
  • Serve over ice and and garnish with freshly ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks.



  • I love my modern glass pitcher and it's the perfect size for this recipe!
  • If you don't have cinnamon sticks, you could substitute 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon per stick. So 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon in this recipe.


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 1mg