Authentic Horchata


A light, sweet drink perfect for the holidays or on a hot summer day! With a milky consistency, this drink is infused with cinnamon and vanilla, adding to its Spanish origin.nn Try if you love the the flavor of rice pudding or want a new dessert drink recipe! Will last about 4 days in the refrigerator.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


  • cup uncooked long-grain white rice

  • 3 cups warm water

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 cups milk

  • ½ cup white sugar, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • ice

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon, or to taste


  1. Grind rice into very fine, cornmeal-sized pieces using a blender or coffee grinder.

  2. Transfer ground rice to a medium bowl, pour warm water on top, and drop in cinnamon sticks. Cover and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  3. Remove the cinnamon sticks. Place mixture back in the blender and puree until as smooth as possible.

  4. Line a sieve with a couple layers of cheesecloth and strain the mixture. Squeeze cloths to extract as much flavor as possible.

  5. Stir in milk, sugar, and vanilla extract until sugar has dissolved. Chill completely, at least 2 hours.

  6. Serve over ice, garnished with cinnamon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

190 Calories
2g Fat
38g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 190
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 38mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 117mg 9%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 156mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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