Mexican rice-based drink that is sweet, milky, with cinnamon flavor. Horchata can be served cold or hot. Both ways are delicious.



  • 1.5 cups rice, rinsed
  • 1 can (14oz.) sweetened condensed milk 
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 5 cups hot water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp.ground cinnamon (add to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

  • In a mixing bowl, add the rice, whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon sticks.
  • Pour hot water into the mixture and stir until the sweetened condensed milk dissolves.
  • Allow the mixture to come to room temperature. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, then refrigerate the mixture for 3 hours; overnight for best flavor.
  • Remove plastic wrap. Remove the cinnamon sticks and discard.
  • Strain the mixture to separate the rice. Reserve the liquid.
  • Add the rice and 1.5 cups of the strained liquid to your blender. Blend for 3 minutes until the rice is liquefied.
  • Strain the blended rice back into the reserved liquid.
  • Make sure the rice has completely dissolved with no bits of rice left in the strainer. Blend again if bits are left behind.
  • Serve over ice with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!