A very easy way to make great horchata!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 cups
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour the rice and water into the bowl of a blender; blend until the rice just begins to break up, about 1 minute. Let rice and water stand at room temperature for a minimum of 3 hours.

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  • Strain the rice water into a pitcher and discard the rice. Stir the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar into the rice water. Chill and stir before serving over ice.

Nutrition Facts

213 calories; protein 2.9g 6% DV; carbohydrates 48.4g 16% DV; fat 0.6g 1% DV; cholesterol 1.6mg 1% DV; sodium 16mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2008
I have since made this 3 times and found the trick to perfecting this the second time around! Here's my recommendation for "authentic" homemade horchata: put 1 1/3 cup rice in the blender - add about 2 cups of water and 2 cinnamon sticks and blend until the rice and cinnamon are roughly ground. Add the remaining water and blend thoroughly. Pour into a pitcher and place in the refrigerator to soak (overnight is best) - or at the very least 4-5 hours. Strain the mixture through a sieve. I doubled the amount of milk called for - and about half the sugar (a generous 1/3 cup as I like my horchata not too sweet) and a generous splash of vanilla. PERFECTO! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/21/2008
I had to really change this recipe to fit my taste...This one is way too watery and the cinnamon did not mix well..from now on I will always use cinnamon sticks to soak in the rice water. Also it doesn't even make enough to fill a pitcher, so I added like 3 times the milk (because I like it thick)and also very important...I ground the rice a LOT because I like it a little gritty....it just depends how you like your horchata...I like mine rich and thick....if you do too add more milk and ground the rice a lot and it will turn out good...you can still use 1 cup of rice to start off with and adding more milk makes it soo good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/17/2008
I have since made this 3 times and found the trick to perfecting this the second time around! Here's my recommendation for "authentic" homemade horchata: put 1 1/3 cup rice in the blender - add about 2 cups of water and 2 cinnamon sticks and blend until the rice and cinnamon are roughly ground. Add the remaining water and blend thoroughly. Pour into a pitcher and place in the refrigerator to soak (overnight is best) - or at the very least 4-5 hours. Strain the mixture through a sieve. I doubled the amount of milk called for - and about half the sugar (a generous 1/3 cup as I like my horchata not too sweet) and a generous splash of vanilla. PERFECTO! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2008
wonderful! I used my coffee grinder to grind up the rice before soaking because my blender is broken and the food processor didn't do the trick. It worked great. Also I made a syrup of the last cup of water, sugar, cinnamon and cinnamon sticks and then added it to the rice water. It seemed to help the sugar and cinnamon mix better that way. Oh and don't throw out the rice. It's perfect for Creamy Rice pudding (recipe on this site) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2007
This is the best horchata recipe I have ever found. 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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2008
Wonderful!! I did, however, follow a few reviewers suggestions and I also changed the servings to 10 since I needed a larger amount for a party. I found that the flavor was better the longer it sat, so I served it the following day. There was a lot of undissolved cinnamon, but I found the perfect solution to be straining the entire mixture through a coffee filter just before serving. Because it sat overnight, the flavor was still full, but you did not get mouth-fulls of undissolved cinnamon with each sip. What I consider the perfect measurements for 10 servings is the following: 1-2/3c uncooked white long-grain rice; 8c water; 1/2c sugar; 1-1/2t ground cinnamon; 2c milk; 3/4c+2T sweetened condensed milk; 2-1/2t vanilla extract. Fabulous!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/20/2008
I had to really change this recipe to fit my taste...This one is way too watery and the cinnamon did not mix well..from now on I will always use cinnamon sticks to soak in the rice water. Also it doesn't even make enough to fill a pitcher, so I added like 3 times the milk (because I like it thick)and also very important...I ground the rice a LOT because I like it a little gritty....it just depends how you like your horchata...I like mine rich and thick....if you do too add more milk and ground the rice a lot and it will turn out good...you can still use 1 cup of rice to start off with and adding more milk makes it soo good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/30/2010
I have been looking for an authentic horchata recipe for a long time...glad to say that I have finally found it! Serena's review was very helpful to me. I too ground the rice and 2 cinnamon sticks together with 2 cups of water to soak them. Once I finished grinding I added 2 more cups of water and blended well. I soaked the mixture overnight and put it through a fine mesh seive. I added a 5oz can of evaporated milk for extra creaminess as I only had 2% milk. I poured the evaporated milk into measuring cup and then the regular milk to make up the difference for a total of 2 cups of milk, 1 Tbls. of vanilla and 1/3 cup of sugar. It turned out so creamy, refreshing and delicious and the best part was that it had a very pronounced cinnamon taste without being overpowering and none of it floating around in the glass. Will be making this for years to come. Thanks for sharing!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2007
I am a bit of an Horchata connoisseur and this is by far the best recipe to make it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2007
My family loves horchata and we drink it all the time in restaurants so I was excited about making it at home. However I'm not really thrilled with how it turned out. I only used a half a cup of sugar and it was still really sweet like horchata is sapposed to be. The problem with this recipe is the cinnamon. The drink turns out brown not white like in the picture. And I had to skim a lot of cinnamon off the top because it wouldn't blend in. The taste was pretty much right on just a little more watery then we're used to. I'm going to experiment with boiling cinnamon sticks in the water and then blending it with the rice. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2007
This went over really well with my coworkers. It is relatively simple, and I made with part cream to add a slightly thicker texture since I use skim milk. I also used a cloth tea bag for the cinnamon so that the spices wouldn't change the color or texture of the drink. Read More
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