two glasses and a milk bottle filled with horchata
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Easy Horchata Recipe

This horchata recipe is refreshing, creamy and easy to make. Made from rice, almonds and cinnamon, this sweetened Mexican drink is dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan.
Prep Time10 mins
Soaking time4 hrs
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 servings (1 cup each)
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Isabel Eats


  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half or into pieces
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • Place rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under running water.
  • In a large pitcher or bowl, add 3 cups of the water, rice, chopped almonds and the cinnamon stick. Mix together, cover and let it soak in the fridge for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight. 
  • After soaking, add the mixture to blender and puree for about 3 minutes, until completely smooth.
  • Set a fine mesh strainer over a large pitcher. Pour the mixture through the strainer and remove as much of the liquid out as possible. Use a spoon or spatula to help move the liquid through. Do this about 2 times, until the strained liquid is smooth and creamy.
  • Add in the remaining 3 cups of water, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix together, taste and add more sugar if desired. 
  • Serve over ice and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Easy Horchata Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Potassium 128mg4%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.4mg