Horchata Recipe made two ways. Come see how easy it is to make the homemade drink and how to make a Horchata Frappuccino!

Homemade horchata made 2 ways: original and made as a Frappuccino.

I was at a friend’s wedding reception recently and the most adorable sugar cookies with the design of a Mexican tile on each one and concha’s (Mexican sweet bread) were the refreshments. The cookies were {almost} too cute to eat. Even the cake was made to look like Mexican tiles. I was loving everything about the dessert table. And then I made it to the end of the dessert table to the drink table. I felt pure joy when I saw one of the drink options was Horchata! Apart from the gorgeous bride, this was hands down my favorite part of the reception!

Horchata is delicious. It is the perfect drink when serving dessert or any Mexican main dish. The traditional drink takes hours to make, but not my easy recipe! You can have this drink ready to serve in just 35 minutes. 

Homemade horchata in a glass with ice onto of a wooden table.

How to Make Horchata:

  1. First, heat milk to 100 degrees F.
  2. Then, add the rice and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the rice mixture to the blender.
  4. Next, add 2 cups of water.
  5. Add ground cinnamon.
  6. Then, add the vanilla.
  7. Blend for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Next, pour the mixture through a strainer into your pitcher.
  9. Add 10 cups of water.
  10. Finally, add 1/2 cup of sugar, and stir until blended.
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Traditional Horchata takes hours to make, but not my easy recipe! Minute Rice helps me get it in glasses in just 35 minutes! My family loves having it when I whip up our favorite Mexican dinner, or as a dessert whipped up with some ice cream to make a frappe!

Homemade horchata in a glass garnished with cinnamon sticks.

Horchata Recipe Questions Answered:

What is Horchata?

Horchata (pronounced or-CHAH-tah) is best known as a Mexican drink flavored with cinnamon, sweetened with sugar, and made with rice and water. The rice is blended up finely and mixed with the water, sugar, and cinnamon resulting in a milky looking drink.

Horchata in a glass garnished with cinnamon.

Why is it called horchata?

There is kind of a trail to follow to understand why it is called horchata. The word horchata comes from the Latin word hordeata which actually comes from the term hordeum. Hordeum is the Mediterranean custom of grain-based beverages.  

Horchata was originally made with dried and sweetened tiger nuts. The popularity of this grain-based beverage grew and eventually, the tiger-nuts were exchanged for white rice and cinnamon.

A glass of Horchata on a table

Cook’s Note:

  • Feel free to add more cinnamon to the recipe if that’s your taste, especially when making the Frappe!
  • I suggest using any milk except skim in this recipe. This includes almond milk, rice milk, etc.
  • Either serve this recipe right away over ice or pop it back in the fridge for an hour to chill. I usually serve it over ice because I can’t wait that long. 
  • This Horchata recipe will keep, chilled, for up to 1 week.


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Easy Horchata Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
12 people
Horchata Recipe made two ways. Come see how easy it is to make the homemade drink and how to make a Horchata Frappuccino!



  • 1 cup milk any kind but skim
  • 1 cup Minute Rice
  • 12 cups water divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup granulated sugar


  • ½ cup horchata
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream for garnish
  • ground cinnamon for garnish



  • First, in a microwave-safe bowl heat the milk in the microwave until it reaches 100 degrees F, about 1-2 minutes. Pour the rice into the hot milk and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • Then, transfer the rice mixture to a blender canister. Add 2 cups of the water, cinnamon, and vanilla. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes, or until all the rice is finely chopped and blended.
  • Next, place a fine mesh strainer over a large pitcher (at least 3 quarts). Pour the mixture through the strainer into the pitcher. Discard what’s left in the strainer.
  • Add the remaining 10 cups of water and sugar, stir to combine. Finally, serve over ice. 


  • In the canister of a blender, add the Horchata and ice cream. Blend until smooth, about 3-5 pulses. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with whipped cream and ground cinnamon.


This recipe makes 3 quarts of Horchata. 


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 26mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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Horchata made into a Horchata Frappuccino and garnished with whipped cream and cinnamon.

This post first appeared on Food Folks and Fun on April 30, 2015. I have since updated the post and pictures. 

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  1. Linda Ciesielski says:

    I usually have long grain rice that I cook in rice cooker. Never had this minute rice before. Question: do you cook this rice or as it comes from the box and use as it is to make the Horchata?
    I love this drink!

    1. No need to cook the rice. If you use long grain rice instead of minute rice, you’ll just need to chill the rice mixture in the fridge for 6 hours before straining off the rice and proceeding with the rest of the recipe.

      1. Linda Ciesielski says:

        More question. With the long grain rice, you still use it uncooked?
        Thanks Jillian.

  2. YUM!! I love this recipe! Delicious!

  3. I’m so excited to try this at home. I’ve only had horchata a few times but loved it. Thanks for making it so easy to make.

  4. Wow! it’s a killer frappucino with that dreamy luscious cream on the top. thanks for the yummy recipe, making it now.

  5. ali randall says:

    I have never had horchata but would love to give this a try. This would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

  6. Horchata is one of my favorite drinks of all time! I used almond milk and it tasted amazing!

  7. Yum! What a great treat!

  8. I love love LOOOOOOVE horchata! I’ve always wanted to try making my own, I had no idea how easy it was. That frappuccino sounds amazing, too!

  9. The horchata frappuccino is SO good. Thanks for the recipe.