homemade horchata recipe

I’ve discovered this sweet and delicious spanish/mexican drink when we moved to California and Marco and I’ve felt in love with this sweet beverage. But, since it is so sweet I wanted to prepare it myself with better ingredients and maybe… less sugar?

This is what you’ll need:IMG_2460

  • 1 cup¬†uncooked white¬†rice¬†
  • 6¬†cups¬†water
  • 1/2 cup¬†2% organic¬†milk
  • 1/2 tsp¬†ground cinnamon
  • 2¬†cloves
  • 2/3¬†cup¬†organic¬†sugar (if you want less, 1/2 cup will still work well!)

Pour the rice and 1 cups of water into a bowl. IMG_2604

Use a manual blender to break the rice a little bit (30 seconds will do the trick). 


Add the cloves. Let the rice and water stand at room temperature for about 3 to 5 hours.

Strain rice water into a pitcher. The remaining rice can be discarded or you can also use it for a second horchata but it¬†will have to be with¬†half of these ingredients because the rice¬†won’t contain much starch at this moment.

In the pitcher, add the sugar, ground cinnamon, milk and the 5 cups of water remaining and stir.


Chill in the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Stir and add ice (optional) before serving.


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