This delicious agua de horchata tastes just like traditional Mexican horchata. Rice milk mixed with sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon gives this drink its famous creamy texture and sweet flavor. Perfect for a tasty dessert, or for a themed dinner!

Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • ½ cup long grain white rice

  • 1 ¼ cup warm water

  • 1 cup blanched almonds or raw cashews

  • 3 inches stick cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded lime peel (optional)

  • 4 cup water

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Stick cinnamon (optional)


  1. Place uncooked rice in a blender; cover and blend until powdery (some of the rice will look finely chopped). In a medium bowl combine blended rice, the 1-1/4 cups warm water, the almonds, the 3 inches stick cinnamon, and, if desired, lime peel. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight.

  2. Transfer mixture to a blender. Add 2 cups of the remaining water. Cover and blend until mixture is smooth.

  3. Line a fine-mesh strainer with two layers of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Pour rice mixture through cheesecloth. When liquid has passed through, gather the cheesecloth and squeeze the remaining liquid into the bowl. Discard solids.

  4. Transfer strained liquid to a pitcher or large bowl. Stir in the remaining 2 cups water, the sugar, and vanilla. Serve immediately over ice. If desired, garnish with additional stick cinnamon. (To serve warm, transfer to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until heated through.)


You can cover and store the Horchata in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

224 Calories
5g Fat
45g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 224
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 2g
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 76mg 2%
Folate, total 16.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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