April 25, 2012

Horchata de Arroz (Rice Horchata)

Horchata (or-CHA-tah) is a sweet rice beverage, often seen in big jars beside other agua frescas like tamarindo, melon, strawberry, cucumber, etc. Agua Fresca translates to fresh water in Spanish and makes for a refreshing drink on warm summer days.
Mixes are available to buy, but there's no need when this is so simple to make. Rice, water, and a cinnamon stick are pureed in the blender, then flavoring, condensed milk, sugar, and water are added and chilled until serving time. If you want a little kick, some banana or coffee liqueur would be a good addition. 

Horchata de Arroz (Rice Horchata)

1 cup white rice, uncooked
3 cups water
1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
1 T vanilla 
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
8 cups water

Soak the rice in 3 cups water for 3-4 hours, or overnight. Pour rice (along with the water) and a cinnamon stick into a blender container and puree until mixture is well combined, 1-2 minutes. 

Using a fine mesh strainer, or a colander lined with several layers of cheesecloth, strain the mixture into a gallon size container. Add vanilla, condensed milk, sugar and 8 cups water. Stir vigorously to blend and refrigerate until well chilled.

Before serving, stir horchata well. Pour horchata over ice and dust with cinnamon.


  1. i've never seen or heard of this drink. it sounds delicious! an alternative to my usual sweet tea.


  2. Delicious! Delicious! And Delicious again.


  3. This is a new one for me, I'm curious to try it...especially with a coffee liquor ;)

  4. Can you ever go wrong when combining cinnamon with sweetened condensed milk? i think not. Horchata is seriously magical.


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