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Authentic Mexican Horchata (Rice & Almond Drink)

August 24, 2016

This authentic Horchata recipe makes a creamy and delicious drink which is guaranteed to freshen you up on a hot summer day. The combo of rice, almonds, and cinnamon is irresistible!

This authentic Horchata recipe has everything you need: rice, almonds, cinnamon, and lime zest mixed together to create a creamy, refreshing, thirst-quenching Mexican drink! | cookingtheglobe.com

My wife, like many other people, loves milk and cereal for breakfast. However, half a year ago she had to eliminate cow’s milk from her diet because of breastfeeding (if you are not familiar with breastfeeding and wonder why – dairy products are not good for the kid in the first year of his life). She tried other options – soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, and she loved them! Now she probably can get back to cow’s milk, because the kid is old enough, but she doesn’t want to anymore. All those other milks got her hooked. While soy milk is not the healthiest option, rice and almond ones look like perfect products that you can use as staples in your diet.

This authentic Horchata recipe has everything you need: rice, almonds, cinnamon, and lime zest mixed together to create a creamy, refreshing, thirst-quenching Mexican drink! | cookingtheglobe.com

Why I am telling you all this stuff? Well, not such a long time ago I found out that rice milk basically consists of rice and water, and almond milk is just almonds and water. Maybe you all knew this stuff and it’s pretty obvious to you, but I was surprised, because I always thought that the process of making them is fancier! So, when I saw the simplicity of the process, I decided to make one of these milks by myself at home.

This authentic Horchata recipe has everything you need: rice, almonds, cinnamon, and lime zest mixed together to create a creamy, refreshing, thirst-quenching Mexican drink! | cookingtheglobe.com

Call it a coincidence, but right about the time of my discovery, I heard about a traditional Mexican drink called Horchata. It’s a famous non dairy beverage made of rice and often including almonds. Exactly what I wanted! It’s like a combination of rice and almond milks. Oh and don’t forget about cinnamon! There is no Horchata without it. I’ve also added lime zest, but if you are not a fan of this green fruit, you can easily skip it. Too much lime can overpower the actual taste of your rice almond drink, so be careful!

This authentic Horchata recipe has everything you need: rice, almonds, cinnamon, and lime zest mixed together to create a creamy, refreshing, thirst-quenching Mexican drink! | cookingtheglobe.com

I adapted this recipe from my favorite book about Mexican cuisine ever – “Authentic Mexican” by Rick Bayless. Love it! If you are wondering what’s the taste and consistency of Horchata is – it’s creamy, refreshing, not too sweet, cinnamony… Perfect for hot summer days as it’s usually served chilled. This authentic Horchata recipe will surely become one of your favorites when you try it!

P.S. If you want something more fruity to quench your thirst, try these Aguas Frescas (also Mexican).This authentic Horchata recipe has everything you need: rice, almonds, cinnamon, and lime zest mixed together to create a creamy, refreshing, thirst-quenching Mexican drink! | cookingtheglobe.com

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Authentic Horchata Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

If you have never tried Horchata, you don't know what you're missing. This creamy Mexican rice and almond drink is perfect on a hot summer day!

Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 people
Calories Per Serving: 347 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons rice
  • 1 1/4 cups (6 oz or 170g) blanched almonds
  • 1 inch (2.5cm) cinnamon stick
  • zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1 cup sugar or more , to taste
Instructions
  1. Process the rice in a blender until it's like a fine powder. Transfer to a bowl and add the almonds, cinnamon, and lime zest. Add 2 1/4 cups hot water (not boiling), cover, and let stand overnight (or at least for 6 hours).
  2. Add the mixture to a blender and process for 3-5 minutes until smooth. Add 2 cups water and blend for a few seconds more. Set a strainer over a bowl and line it with three layers of dampened cheesecloth.
  3. Pour in the mixture in batches stirring to help it pass through. When you will strain all the liquid, gather up the corners and twist them together, squeezing firmly to get all the remaining goodness.
  4. Add 2 more cups water and sweeten it with sugar to taste. Serve chilled. Enjoy!

 

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20 Comments

  • Reply Nicola @ Boho Life Jewelry August 29, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I’ve made my own almond and oat milk before, but I’ve never made my own rice milk before. Definitely going to give this a try and add the yummy extras to make it horchata πŸ™‚

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      I am sure you will love it, Nicola! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine August 29, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I’ve always wanted to try horchata! It sounds heavely!

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      Try it once and it will become your staple πŸ™‚

  • Reply swayam August 29, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I have been seeing so many posts on horchata..need to try it soon! Looks and sounds so delicious

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Horchata is popular for a reason – it’s amazing! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Andrea @ The Petite Cook August 29, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I’m dairy intolerant and usually make my own almond milk. I ve heard about horchata before but never had the chance to try it… yours looks absolutely awesome and I definitely want to try it now!

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      You won’t regret it, Andrea πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Mark, Compass & Fork August 29, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I like to experiment with healthy options as well. I have heard of horchata but have never made it. I guess I really don’t have an excuse now. Nice job.

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Mark!

  • Reply Ali @ Home & Plate August 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    This looks refreshing! I think I would love this. Refreshing, with the right amount of sweetness. Love the sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      I am one hundred percent you will love Horchata, Ali. Everybody does!

  • Reply Aish Padihari August 29, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    This looks delicious. Reminds me of the turmeric milk my mom makes.

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      It really is delicious, Aish πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Platter Talk August 29, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Looks like a nice break from moo milk, and sounds refreshing, too!

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      I would be able to forget cow’s milk easily if I would have Horchata every day πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sam | Ahead of Thyme August 29, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    This looks delicious and sounds pretty easy to make! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      You are welcome, Sam!

  • Reply Kavey September 4, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I’ve only drunk horchata a couple of times and really liked it but never thought to try and make it at home! Great idea. Ps I read your bio and just wanted to say that I had the pleasure of visiting Vilnius and Trakai a year or two back and I loved it! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Wow, so nice to meet people who have been to my small country, because there are many who don’t even know where it’s located, ha! Thanks for the comment, Kavey!

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