We had a batch of rice that does not yield good steam rice. So, Ben decided to use it to make Horchata.

Horchata is a Mexican drink made out of rice, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.


  • 1 cup uncooked white long grain rice
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup sugar

This recipe is from Lola.

As for me, I would prefer to use cinnamon stick instead of cinnamon powder as I do not like the cinnamon powder to float in the Horchata. The drink in the glass is made with cinnamon stick while the drink in the bottles behind the glass is made with cinnamon powder.


The original recipe asked that the rice and water to be blended in a blender, until the rice just begins to break up, about 1 minute.

However, since our blender had broken, we grind the rice in a coffee grinder.

We place the ground rice and water in a container and let stand in room temperature for a minimum of 3 hours.

If you like to use cinnamon stick instead of cinnamon powder, throw in the cinnamon sticks here for steeping.

Strain the rice water into a pitcher and discard the rice.
Add the milk, …
…, vanilla extract, …
…, cinnamon powder (if using), …
… and sugar into the rice water.

Stir until the sugar dissolved.

Chill and stir before serving over ice.

Ben loves Horchata.

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