Horchata {Our family’s favorite drink!}

Posted on Jul 12 2013 - 7:00am by Traci


I have a super secret recipe for ya’ll today. {Yes, I just moved to Texas, and have decided maybe I need to start putting this word in my vocabulary 😉

My husband served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Mexico City, Mexico. He spent two years living in Mexico teaching others about Christ.

While he was there he ate some incredible food! He raves about it continually and I try my best to replicate what he talks about by piecing together different recipes. Horchata was something that I tried and tried and TRIED to make {I even used store bought mixes!} And we could never find something just right, so I finally asked a friend from highschool who was born in Mexico. She gave me the basic ingredients and I kind of had to figure it out from there. This recipe has been tried and tested and tweaked to perfection. I had the hardest time finding the perfect recipe, and my friends, here it is. Our family isn’t really into making drinks {we are a water and milk kind of family} But this drink, we take time to make and enjoy, because it is that good!



You start out by cooking brown rice and cinnamon sticks. Pretty simple right? You let that sit overnight and then,

IMG_3489Blend it all up and strain through cheese cloth, and then you add sweetened condensed milk, and more milk, sounding pretty amazing right? Okay, okay, here is the recipe…

Yields 3
A creamy smooth cinnamon drink you won't be able to resist!
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  1. 1 Cup Uncooked Brown Rice
  2. 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  3. 7 Cups Water
  4. 6 Cups Milk
  5. 1 {14.5 oz} Can sweetened condensed milk
  6. ground cinnamon {for decoration and garnish!}
  1. 1. Cook Brown Rice according to package directions with the two cinnamon sticks.
  2. 2. Pour the brown rice and cinnamon sticks in a large seal-able container, and add the 7 Cups Water.
  3. 3. Cover and place in the fridge overnight {or 6-8 Hours}
  4. 4. Remove cinnamon sticks and throw those away. Place the water and rice in the blender and just break up the rice. {You may have to do this a few times depending on how big your blender is 🙂
  5. 5. Strain the rice and water into a pitcher. Use a Cheese Cloth {or strainer, but the cheese cloth works SO much better, You can find it at any grocery store.}
  6. 6. After straining add the sweetened condensed milk and milk.
  7. 7. Mix well and serve chilled or with ice!
  8. 8. Garnish with ground cinnamon and Enjoy!!
  1. This recipe takes a bit of time, but is SO worth the effort! If you want to make this drink a little lighter, just use fat free sweetened condensed milk and skim milk. I have done it that way and it is still very rich and delicious!
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Need some ideas of what to serve this with? We usually do mexican food, which means almost every meal in our house, here are a few ideas for you if you need some!

Cheater Chicken Enchiladas

Enchilada Casserole

Bon Appetit! {Let me know if you have any questions!}

Traci 🙂


9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Amberly July 12, 2013 at 11:19 am - Reply

    My husband served in the Cancun area, I don't know if he liked Horchata, but I'll have to ask him! 🙂

  2. Traci July 12, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Cool! Yeah! Definitely ask! My husband kept begging for it, and we finally figured out what he remembered it as! But I would definitely try it either way! 🙂

  3. cookingwithcurls July 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend. Have a wonderful week! 🙂

  4. Jenn July 16, 2013 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Thank you for this recipe! My daughter loves horchata–this is definitely on our list of recipes to try!

  5. addilex July 17, 2013 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing with us

  6. Liz Carcedo July 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    I'm so excited we love Horchata! We moved from CA to South Texas and haven't found any real Horchata just the powdered stuff!! Thanks for sharing.

  7. The Style Sisters July 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Yum I love Horchata…Cafe Rio makes some and it is pretty good but I will have to try your recipe out! Come link up to my party that is going on right now and share this post with us. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/07/cente

  8. Traci July 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    So glad you are all going to try it! 🙂 We also love the Cafe Rio Horchata, this will definitely be pretty similar in tasting, let me know how it goes! 🙂

  9. pie susu dhian July 7, 2015 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Thank you for this recipe! this good 🙂

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