Horchata (Cinnamon Rice Milk) Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Horchata (Cinnamon Rice Milk) Recipe
  • READY IN ABOUT 4 hrs

Horchata (Cinnamon Rice Milk)

Recipe by  

"Recently had homemade rice milk in a Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. I talked to a few friends and they told me a few different ways to make it. Here is a simple version (I like to add vanilla, but it is optional). Seriously, it is the best ever - and, it costs just pennies to make!"

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    3 hrs 50 mins


  1. In a large saucepan, combine rice, water and cinnamon stick. Set aside for 3 hours.
  2. After 3 hours, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to cool.
  3. Puree rice mixture in a blender until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Flavor with vanilla and sugar to taste. Chill, and serve over ice.
Kitchen-Friendly View

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 20, 2004

This recipe turned out great, except you can't follow the instructions completely. First, instead of a cinnamon stick I substituted ground cinnamon. Second, I added 1 quart(4 cups) milk)in addition to the other ingredients. Then I heated up the mixture, not waiting the 3 hours, just until it was hot, not boiling. Pureeed the mixture till smooth and strained it. Then I chilled the mixture. Excellent.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 10, 2006

This is gooey and a waste of time. Soak a cup of uncooked rice in water overnight. Discard water and place the rice, a can of evaporated milk and about 4 cups of water in a blender. Mix. Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp cinnamon and blend well. Strain through a cheesecloth a few times and serve over ice. Easier and way better, i promise.


55 Ratings

Dec 07, 2003

Being Mexican myself, I'm biased when it comes to Mexican recipes. However, I do love horchata. It takes alot of time to prepare, but it is worth it. My nieces and newphews love it, but then again, they are also Mexican, :-). My fiancé, on the other hand, is white, and he can't get enought of this drink. I decided to learn how to make it for him, and that is what brought me here. So even though it isn't especially easy to make, it is worth it just for it's delicious taste.

Mar 07, 2008

I read the recipe, then the other posts here and had to laugh. The person who posted this recipe skipped a crucial step: STRAINING the horchata (Do you really think we can drink something that has cinnamon bark in it without straining it?). Funny. Also, I usually like to let the rice mixture sit overnight, then you don't have to cook it and lose its lovely fresh milky flavor.

Dec 07, 2003

The measurements for the water and sugar in this recipe must be WAY off. I followed everything precisely and what I ended up with was a very thick, milkshike-type drink. Nothing at all like real Horchata I grew up in my Mexican household. I had to add about 3 more quarts of water (and consequently another few cups of sugar)to make the drink thin enough and sweet enough to drink. In the end, it still tasted like pureed rice pudding and not like Horchata. I was skeptical when reading this recipe at first because of the directions to cook the rice. I knew that would make it very starchy, but proceeded anyway. I was very disappointed. I guess the hunt still continues for a good Horchata recipe. :-(

Dec 07, 2003

The proportions are definitely off. After blending 'til smooth this was a thick rice milkshake, not a refreshing rice drink. Look elsewhere for a good horchata recipie.

Aug 24, 2006

After reading the reviews, I made LatinaCook's recipe instead. The only variation I made was to add a touch of almond extract. Nice drink for a change of pace...

Nov 12, 2006

With all due respect to the author, this did not come close to the authentic horchata my family is used to drinking. I was disappointed to find white sludge after I followed the recipe exactly.


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 135 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.4 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 8 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More
Subscribe Today!

In Season

Not The Same Old Chicken
Not The Same Old Chicken

We have so many top-rated chicken recipes, you'll never run out of dinner ideas again.

Slow Cooker Time Savers
Slow Cooker Time Savers

Imagine dinner making itself in the slow cooker while you relax or do other things.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding

Watch Chef John put a few tasty twists on classic rice pudding.

Lola’s Horchata

The refreshing Mexican drink flavored with cinnamon and vanilla.

Mexican Rice III

Watch how to make this top-rated Mexican rice dish.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States