Mexican Horchata is a sweet, cinnamon rice milk drink that is super popular. This version is easy to make with options to keep the rice in the drink or to remove.
Horchata is a traditional Mexican dessert drink that you have probably seen at your local Mexican restaurants. While the ingredients separately may not seem like they would go together in a beverage, this is actually a really delicious drink. The rice water blends with the milk and cinnamon and has just the right amount of sweetness. It is just so refreshing.
History Lesson: Horchata, also known as “horchata de chufa” originated thousands of years ago in North Africa and was made from ground and sweetened tiger nuts. It spread to many different countries and eventually made its way to Mexico. Tiger nuts were not available in Mexico, so it became “horchata de arroz” and was then made with rice instead.
Straining Rice: Optional
Some people do not like the texture of the ground rice in their horchata, and they prefer to strain. If you do not mind the texture, you definitely do not have to strain, and some people prefer it this way. Just make sure to blend for a full 2 minutes if you intend to keep the rice in your drink. It will be slightly thicker and have a powdery quality.
Hot Vs. Cold Horchata:
Yes, horchata can be served either hot or cold. We prefer it served cold over ice, but you can always heat it in a saucepan on the stovetop over medium-low heat and serve warm.
Storage and Longevity:
Horchata needs to be stored in the refrigerator and can last about 5 days. However, we have a hard time making it last more than 24 hours. It’s so good!
If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious beverage recipes:
- Caramelized Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
- Homemade Mexican Chocolate Frappes
- Old Fashioned Homemade Eggnog
- Sri Lankan Avocado Shake
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Easy Mexican Horchata
- 1 cup uncooked white rice
- 4 cups water
- 12 ounces evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Pour the rice and water into a blender. Let soak at room temperature 3 to 4 hours, or up to 12 hours, until rice is softened.
- Strain and reserve the rice infused liquid and discard rice, or keep the rice in the water (see recipe notes).
- Add in the evaporated milk, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon in with the rice and water.
- Blend on high until completely smooth. Serve chilled or over ice.