Horchata Recipe

7 Apr

My husband and I ate at a local mom and pop Mexican restaurant while visiting in Arizona. They made their own Horchata fresh everyday and it was super delicious.

After returning home, we searched the internet to find traditional Horchata recipes (made from rice only, with no added milk, coconut milk or condensed milk). After studying quite a few recipes, we decided to make our own version, without the premade ‘milk’ added and without the granulated sugar.

Horchata Recipe

1 cup long grain white rice

1 cup almonds

2 cinnamon sticks

8 cups water

2 Tbs honey

4 Tbs Splenda (we ran out of Stevia)

2 vanilla beans, innards removed


Blend rice and almonds in blender, add 5 cups hot/near boiling water to blender, add the cinnamon sticks.

Leave sitting in the blender for 5 hours.

Add stevia, honey, vanilla, (and ground cinnamon if needed) and reblend the mixture.

Strain mixture through nut milk bag (or double layer cheesecloth).

Serve over ice.

Ground cinnamon on top for garnish.

Most reciped called for 1/2 cup to 1 cup of sugar. Personally, I felt this was ridicuously sweet. To each his/her own!

My house guest added rum to his horchata and seemed quite pleased with the result!

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