10 Cool and Creamy Horchata Recipes
Referred to as the drink of the gods, Mexican horchata or horchata de arroz is a refreshingly sweet drink that is naturally dairy free, traditionally made with a blend of homemade rice milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Nowadays, it is common for milk to be added. Whichever version you choose, you've come to the right place — try any one of these top-rated homemade horchata recipes, all created by home cooks like you.
Recipe creator Suzie Lopez O'Connor makes this horchata with a homemade rice and almond milk base, which is then combined with cinnamon and sweetened condensed milk. Serve chilled over ice for a cooling drink on a hot day.
Horchata de Arroz (Rice Drink)
This is a rich, sweet and creamy version of Mexican horchata made with long grain white rice, evaporated milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. "I loved it!" says reviewer mrs.kyler. "It's like liquid rice pudding.... and I LOVE rice pudding!"
Horchata Made Easy
This super easy and quick version of authentic dairy-free Mexican horchata uses prepared rice milk instead of homemade, making it ready to serve in 20 minutes. If you're in a rush, this recipe is a great alternative to making traditional horchata that requires hours of soaking and straining.
Rachel's Coconut Horchata
This light but flavorful version of horchata is made by soaking a blend of rice, skim milk, and cinnamon overnight. The mixture is strained, then flavored with light coconut milk, vanilla, and sugar. Serve over ice for cool refreshment.
Chef John's Horchata
Mexican-style horchata made with whole almonds and long grain rice. The level of sweetness is up to you, as well as the ratio between rice and almonds, but what you can't alter is the need to strain this through a very, very five sieve before serving.
Almond Milk Horchata
Recipe creator melissacraddock was inspired to create an easier, less labor intensive version of horchata with unsweetened rice milk, almond milk, and sweetened condensed milk. She says "It's like heaven in a glass - so sweet and creamy that it could even be served as a dessert!"
See how to make this easy horchata drink in a blender. "This is the best horchata recipe I have ever found," says reviewer Rachel Hanks. "I found that ground cinnamon floats on the top so I let 2 cinnamon sticks soak with the rice and water for 3 hours. Nice flavor!"