Horchata is a refreshing Mexican rice milk drink with a hint of cinnamon served over ice. Looking for a non-alcoholic drink to serve with your Mexican food? This Horchata is the best Mexican drink recipe for any occasion.

If you want a refreshing Mexican drink that is full of flavor and minimal ingredients then you have to whip up this Horchata Recipe, you won’t be disappointed.

Three glasses of Horchata with cinnamon sticks

One drink that I have become obsessed with over the years is Horchata. it is seriously one of the most flavorful drinks I’ve ever had in my entire life.

it is rich, smooth, creamy and has a kick of cinnamon to it that makes it absolutely amazing. It is one of those drinks that once you try it you will never forget it.

I got this recipe from my friend Martin many years ago and we’ve been making it since. He loves making us all the Mexican food and we always oblige.

But when it comes to this Horchata Recipe, it has to be one of my favorite things that he has ever given me hands down! I because addicted with my first sip.

Minimal ingredients and steps make it super simple to whip up.
You can double the batch for larger crowds.
You can add more sweetness or omit depending on your flavor preference.

prep time: 10MINUTES MINSresting time: 1HOUR HRtotal time: 1HOUR HR 10MINUTES MINS servings: 8 SERVINGS


  • 1 1/3 cups uncooked white long-grain rice
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup milk, (coconut milk is good here too)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white sugar


Pour the rice, cinnamon sticks, and 2 cups of water into the bowl of a blender; blend until the rice and cinnamon sticks begin to break up. Add the remaining 2 cups of water and let rice mixture stand at room temperature overnight.

Strain the rice water into a pitcher and discard the rice. Stir the milk, vanilla, and sugar into the rice water. Chill and stir before serving over ice. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top when serving if desired.

Traditional Horchata is thin and on the watery side but feel free to add more milk to taste for a creamier version. Also, this doesn’t make very much so you may want to double it.
Source: adapted from Allrecipes. Increased the rice, used cinnamon sticks, increased the milk, reduced the sugar.

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