Mexican Horchata

Mexican Horchata – A simple and refreshing Mexican drink that’s perfect for a hot summer day! Rice and cinnamon soaked in water overnight and sweetened with sugar!

Mexican Horchata

Mexican Horchata

This horchata recipe is going to be your new favorite summer drink recipe! Something about it tastes so refreshing and is awesome on a hot day served over ice.  I really can’t get enough of it right now!

Horchata is a Mexican drink that I have been dying to try making at home for a while now after I tried it at a local restaurant and fell in love with it.  It is super easy to make and requires just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have at home.  This recipe can be made ahead of time and served later so it’s great for parties and summer BBQs.  Additionally, this recipe makes 2 servings but it can very easily be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled.

When I serve horchata, I like to line the rim of the glass with cinnamon sugar just for an extra bit of flavor.  To do so, I simply mix 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon together on a plate and then I cover another plate with either enough water or light corn syrup to coat the very top of the rim.  Then, I place the cup in the water/corn syrup and then into the cinnamon sugar.  The water works but it may not coat as evenly as the corn syrup will.

Common questions about making horchata

What is a horchata made of?

Horchata is a simple drink most commonly made from  made from rice, cinnamon, sugar, and water.

What does horchata taste like?

Horchata has a very similar taste to rice pudding with many of the same flavors going into it as rice pudding.

Is horchata hot or cold?

Horchata is traditionally served cold over ice.

Easy Horchata Recipe

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Homemade Horchata Recipe

Yield: 2 servings

Mexican Horchata

Mexican Horchata

Mexican Horchata - A simple and refreshing Mexican drink that's perfect for a hot summer day! Rice and cinnamon soaked in water overnight and sweetened with sugar!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup long grain rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups water
  • 2-3 tablespoons granulated sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a blender (or a large mixing bowl with an immersion blender), blend long grain rice, cinnamon stick, water, vanilla extract, and sugar until the rice is ground up a bit, but not completely.
  2. Transfer to a covered container and place in the refridgerator for at least 3 hours, but overnight if possible.
  3. Remove from refrigerator and pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove the pieces of rice and cinnamon.
  4. Fill cups with ice, divide horchata between two cups, and serve.

Notes

*Add more sugar to taste, I have found that it is up to personal preference how sweet you want it. I tried 1/4 cup sugar and found it to be much too sweet for my taste.

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