The easiest, creamy and slightly sweet homemade Authentic Mexican Horchata. 

This post includes step-by-step recipe instructions and pictures for how to make homemade horchata.  While living in Mexico for a period of time (and with the help of some locals), I perfected several authentic Mexican recipes including Authentic Mexican Rice and Tres Leches Cake.

A tall, clear glass of Mexican horchata sprinkled with cinnamon and sitting on a wood table surrounded by cinnamon sticks.

Horchata

It’s almost Cinco de Mayo guys!  A good excuse to throw a party with your friends and make some awesome homemade Mexican food! I’ll be making several of my favorite Mexican dishes, particularly Authentic Mexican Rice and Cantina-Style Salsa.

What is Horchata?

Horchata (pronounced or-CHAH-tah) is a popular Mexican drink that is often described as a sweet rice milk beverage. Horchata is made out of rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon and is served in many Mexican restaurants.  There’s an important balance to the creamy rice and cinnamon flavors found in horchata and I think  you will find that this homemade Horchata recipe is the perfect balance.

The ingredients for making horchata including a liquid measuring cup with milk, measuring cups with rice and sugar, two cinnamon sticks and a small bowl of vanilla extract.

How to Make Horchata:

  • Blend. Blend the rice, water, and cinnamon sticks until the rice and cinnamon sticks are roughly ground. Add the remaining water and blend again.
  • Let Sit.  Pour the contents into a pitcher or container with a fitted lid and place on your countertop overnight (or for at least 8 hours).
  • Strain. Pour the rice mixture into a fine mesh strainer, into a pitcher and discard the rice.
  • Add.  Stir in the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar (to your preference). Chill until ready to serve. Stir well before serving and serve over ice.

Four process photos for making Horchata with text instructions including rice, water and cinnamon sticks in a blender, blended, strained, and poured into a pitcher.

What is Hochata de Chufa?

Horchata de chufa is popular in Spain and it differs from Mexican horchata (or horchata de arroz) in that Mexican horchata is made with rice and horchata de chufa is made with chufa (also known as tiger nuts).

For Vegan Horchata:

To make vegan horchata, simply substitute equal parts almond milk for the milk in the recipe.

A large clear, glass pitcher with horchata, ice and a wooden spoon in it.

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Recipe

Prep 8 hrs
Total 8 hrs
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/3 cups uncooked long-grain white rice s
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups water , divided
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ - 1/2 cups granulated sugar , to taste

Instructions
 

  • To a blender, add rice, 2 cups of water, and 2 cinnamon sticks. 
  • Blend about for 2 minutes or until the rice and cinnamon sticks are roughly ground. Add the remaining water and blend again. 
  • Pour contents into a pitcher or container with a fitted lid and place on your countertop overnight (or for at least 8 hours). 
  • Pour the rice mixture into a fine mesh strainer, into a pitcher. Discard the rice. 
  • Stir in the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar (to your preference). Chill until ready to serve. Stir well before serving and serve over ice.

Notes

Serve this with one of my favorite authentic Mexican meals.
 
Adapted from All Recipes

Nutrition

Calories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 36mgPotassium: 126mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 100IUCalcium: 104mgIron: 0.5mg

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I originally shared this recipe April 2016. Updated July 2019.

The easiest, creamy and slightly sweet homemade Authentic Mexican Horchata. | Tastes Better From Scratch

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Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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