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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