Horchata Recipe

The combination of blended and strained rice, almonds, and milk is at once rich and refreshing.


Horchata is a creamy almond-based drink. The soothing, sweet beverage is a perfect foil to any chili pepper laden dish. The drink owes its creamy consistency to the combination of almonds, rice, water, and milk. Horchata is prepared by blanching and soaking almonds, pulverizing rice, and combining the ingredients in a blender and straining the mixture with cheesecloth.

Recipe Details

Horchata Recipe

Active 3 mins
Total 12 hrs
Serves 6 servings
Makes 1 1/2 quarts

The combination of blended and strained rice, almonds, and milk is at once rich and refreshing.


  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice

  • 1 cup blanched almonds

  • 2/3 cup white sugar, plus more to taste

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 quart water

  • 2 cups milk


  1. Combine rice and almonds in blender. Blend on high speed, stopping to shake jar as necessary until roughly powdered, about 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients to blender and blend on high speed for a further 1 minute. Refrigerate and let steep overnight. The next day, strain through a fine mesh strainer. Add more sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla to taste. Serve chilled over ice.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
303 Calories
14g Fat
39g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 303
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 171mg 13%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 291mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)