Horchata de Arroz Recipe

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Horchata de Arroz is a popular Mexican summer drink made with ground rice, milk and cinnamon. This is a very tasty and refreshing traditional drink that is also very easy to make.

  • You will need:
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • ground cinnamon, to serve

Using a spice grinder, finely grind up the rice til you get a powdery sand consistency. Next, in a large container or jug, add the rice powder, the water and a cinnamon stick. Stir and refigerate overnight.

The next day, take out the rice mixture and strain through a cheesecloth into another large container, making sure to squeeze the leftover rice of all its excess liquid. At this point, the rice has done its job. You can throw it away.

Now put the strained liquid back in the jug and to that, add the milk and sugar. Stir well to dissolve and pour into a large glass over ice. Garnish with ground cinnamon and serve.


In Spain, this is called horchata de chufa and is made with tigernuts instead of rice. Other versions of this Mexican recipe may also include almonds for an even more creamy consistency and a touch of vanilla.

So that is the recipe for horchata. Take this recipe, make it yours and have fun in the kitchen!

6 Responses to Horchata de Arroz Recipe

  1. Derise says:

    I love cow’s milk….and coconut milk…. That looked really good and I can’t wait to try it!!!! mmmmm

    • The technique is just like making nutmilk. If I were to make this again, I would blend the rice mixture one more time the next day before I strain. Also, I would soak 1/4 cup of raw almonds in there too. If you have vanilla, add that too. Thanks, Derise!

  2. Miki says:

    How many servings (cup) does this make, J-san? If it’s just one cup, than this recipe has a lot of sugar. >_<

    • Hey, Mi-chan. This makes a whole jug (1.25L). I still have half a jug in the fridge! I think it’s still a little sweet, so I would put 1/2 cup the next time. You can also use Agave nectar.

  3. Hilah says:

    This looks perfect! I’ve never tried making horchata but now I have no excuse! Also, never heard of tiger nuts before. I just looked those up. I wonder if I could even find them here.

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