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Horchata is a beverage made from ground nuts, seeds and/or grains usually mixed with cinnamon and other spices and served over ice. I prefer it a little thicker with a lot of cinnamon. There will be little bits of the rice and nuts that settle to the bottom. I like it this way and enjoy the little chunkiness of the drink enjoyed through a straw, but if you want it clear of sediment, you can strain again with an extra layer of cheesecloth.

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  • 8Servings


  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 1-inch piece cinnamon bark
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup sugar or agave, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice cubes


1. Wash and drain the rice. 

2. Using a spice grinder (an electric coffee grinder works well too), grind the rice until fine; combine with the almonds and cinnamon bark. 

3. Add 3½ cups water and let sit overnight, covered. 

4. Blend rice-almond mixture until smooth using a blender. Add 2 cups of water and continue blending. 

5. Add sugar and vanilla extract. 

6. Strain horchata into a bowl with a fine mesh sieve (I used a chinois).  I don’t have a great blender, so I then put the pulp back through with 2 more cups of water and strained again.

This should last in your fridge about 2 days.  Use any extra to make Popsicles (just pour into pop molds and freeze - you might want to make these a bit sweeter as it loses some of the flavor when frozen)

Nutrition note - This drink is overall very healthy and the less sugar you use the better, but I am not including the full information because it is hard to calculate considering all that is filtered out.  Without filtering it is around 250 calories, so it should be considered a nice snack and considering the protein and fiber is a pretty good one.