Horchata (cinnamon rice milk) has been a favorite addition to the many Mexican meals I've had in the Bay Area. It's lightly sweet and refreshing. This is a much easier recipe than the traditional method which requires up to 3 hours to make.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat water, sugar, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, whisking occasionally, about 5 minutes. Allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes.

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  • Pour rice milk into a large pitcher.

  • Stir sugar water into rice milk. Serve chilled or over ice.

Tip

Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

153.9 calories; 2.5 g protein; 32.4 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 69.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2012
For an horchata shortcut this is pretty good. I do like it with more cinnamon but overall this is a great alternative to the traditional horchata. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2012
For an horchata shortcut this is pretty good. I do like it with more cinnamon but overall this is a great alternative to the traditional horchata. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/06/2012
This recipe is a great alternative to making horchata if you don't have a blender. Next time I would use just a little bit more cinnamon but aside from that it is most excellent. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2013
This was good. I thought when first made it was too thin and watery tasting. Much better the next day. Just be careful you do not dilute it too much if you serve it with ice cubes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2013
I would definitely make again but I added a dash of vanilla and a bit more cinnamon. Kids loved it nothing beats the real thing but this is a close second. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2013
I loved this recipe and it was so quick to repair. added a Thank you posting the recipe. Angela Sibrian Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2019
this was really helpful because I needed something to bring to our school's spanish food fair. it took me under thirty minutes to make, when usually anything i cook takes over an hour! it was nice that i didn't have to stay up super late working on a project for once, especially because i had work every night this week. i did add more cinnamon and sugar afterwards to take the bitter taste away. rice milk is un poco (a little) bitter, it's similar to soy milk, but a little more bitter. overall this was a really simple recipe that i'd 10/10 recommend if you are in a rush for a project Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2019
We LOVE this recipe for horchata! My kids ask for it often and now I've made it with kids at a couple different camps. It's easy for them to make, they love it, and it helps introduce them to a cultural food they often haven't tried before. The only modification I have made is to add a little more cinnamon (1 scant tsp instead of 1/4). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2014
Very easy and very refreshing Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2018
I've never had Horchata before so I can't say I have anything to compare it to, but I made this and my husband and I *loved* it! The only changes I made (to suit our tastes) was I used 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp Mexican vanilla. I can tell I will be making this often! Read More
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