Horchata

This traditional Mexican Horchata recipe promises a refreshing and creamy drink made with simple ingredients. Soak white rice and cinnamon sticks overnight, blend into a smooth paste, strain, and mix with evaporated and condensed milks. Optionally add vanilla and adjust sweetness to taste. The result? A delightful, authentic Horchata to enjoy chilled over ice.
Mexican Horchata in a tall, festive glass. The glass is filled with a creamy, beige-colored drink, topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 12 ounce can condensed milk
  • 8 cups warm water, divided
  • sugar, to taste
  • ground cinnamon, for garnish (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Instructions

Soaking Time. Start your Horchata by giving the white rice a good rinse to remove unwanted bits 9f raw nature. Toss it in a bowl with two cinnamon sticks (preferably broken for extra flavor) and 4 cups of warm water. This rice needs a beauty sleep in the fridge, ideally overnight, or at least 4 hours for a quick nap.

Blend Away. When your rice is well-rested, discard most of the cinnamon sticks, but it’s okay if some tiny bits decide to stick around. Blend half of the rice and water, aiming for a smooth, pasty consistency. This takes about 4 minutes—perfect for a mini dance break!

Straining Skills. Now, let’s play “find the liquid”! Strain the blended rice over a pitcher using a super fine strainer or some cheesecloth. Get aggressive with a spatula or spoon to squish out every drop of liquid. Repeat this with the remaining rice mixture. It’s like a mini workout for your arms.

Mix and Match. Time to bring it all together! Stir in the evaporated and sweetened condensed milks, a splash of vanilla (if you’re feeling fancy), and the remaining 4 cups of water. Stir like you mean it!

Taste Test. Give it a taste and play around with the sugar or water until it tastes just right. If it’s too sweet, add a little scolding from the water. Too bland? Sweet talk it with some sugar.

Chill and Serve. Once it tastes like a dream, chill your Horchata. Stir it up before pouring over ice, garnishing with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon if you’re in a spicy mood.

Serving Suggestions. Serve this creamy dream in tall glasses over ice, perfect for a group of 12 or if you’re really thirsty, just one. It’s great as a refreshing summer beverage or as a unique drink to impress at parties. Each serving is about a cup, so there’s plenty to go around. ¡Salud! to homemade Horchata!

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