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Horchata Mexican Drink Recipe

This Horchata Mexican drink recipe is a a slightly creamy, non-alcoholic agua fresca flavor made with cinnamon and rice and is perfectly refreshing. 
Prep Time10 mins
Additional Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 1 ⅓ cups uncooked white long-grain rice
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Ice
  • Ground cinnamon for garnish


  • Combine the rice, cinnamon sticks, and 2 cups of the water in a blender.  Blend until the rice and cinnamon sticks are roughly ground up (1 to 2 minutes).  Add the 2 remaining cups of water and blend again.
  • Let the rice mixture soak at room temperature at least 8 hours, or overnight.  
  • Once the rice mixture has soaked for at least 8 hours, pour through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher.  Discard the rice and cinnamon stick solids and rinse the strainer well.  Strain the mixture again one more time, just to make sure the horchata isn't gritty.  
  • Stir in the milk, vanilla, and sugar, then chill ready to serve.  Serve over plenty of ice with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon on top.  



Adapted from AllRecipes.  


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg