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Easy Horchata Mexican Drink Recipe

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Here is a quick and easy horchata recipe that will show you how to make horchata in no time?  Made from the delicious combination of milk, cinnamon and rice, this drink is creamy and refreshing.

easy Horchata recipe in a glass made from rice, cinnamon and milk

During Cinco de Mayo and other Latin holidays, my family usually celebrates by dining one our favorite Mexican dishes. We usually whip up our favorite enchiladas with homemade chips and homemade salsa for dinner. (We don’t really need a reason to indulge on delicious Mexican food around here, but why not take advantage of the holidays and get a bit more festive?!)  To wash down all of this delicious Mexican fare we make this easy horchata recipe that is cool, creamy and almost dessert like!

What Is Horchata?

Horchata is a sweet, cinnamon rice milk that is traditionally served in Mexico and throughout Latin America and Spain.  I like to keep my recipe simple but horchata is also made using various types of nuts, cocoa and nutmeg.  If you’ve never tried horchata – you are definitely in for a treat!

How To Make Horchata

After experimenting with multiple recipes, I like this one the best.  This recipe will yield six cups of this refreshing drink.  It doesn’t take long to make and uses easy-to-find ingredients.  In addition to these ingredients, here are a few items you’ll need to make horchata.

  • A blender to mix all of the ingredients into a smooth, creamy blend.
  • A strainer to sift out all of the larger pieces of cinnamon and rice.
  • Tall pitcher to serve your masterpiece with.

Easy Horchata Recipe

This horchata recipe is quick and easy to make.  Made from the delicious combination of milk, cinnamon and rice, this drink is creamy and refreshing.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword drink
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 Cup
Calories 125 kcal


  • 1 1/3 cups rice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cups white sugar


  1. Pour the water and rice into a blender. Blend for about one minute, or until rice begins to break up.
  2. Add 3 cinnamon sticks and chill in refrigerator for 4-6 hours or overnight.
  3. Strain the rice water into a pitcher then discard rice and cinnamon sticks.
  4. Add the milk, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar to the rice water and stir well.
  5. Chill and serve over ice.


How Long Can You Store Horchata?

This recipe will typically be fresh for 7-10 days in the refrigerator.  It is completely normal for the rice settle on the bottom of the pitcher.  If it does this, grab a wooden spoon and give it a good stir before serving.

More Delicious Drink Recipes

If you loved this sweet and creamy treat, here are a few more easy and delicious drink recipes to try.

Grab a straw and drink up my friends!

glass of Horchata made with the ingredients of rice cinnamon and milk

how to make Horchata with milk, cinnamon and rice

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