Tuesday, May 11, 2010


So I had my Ocho (Cinco) de Mayo Party on Saturday.

Since I had margaritas & sangria & Mexican beer, I decided I wanted a special drink for the younglings too. They usually just end up with soda and juice boxes and water... nothing special or fun about that.

So I was trying to think of something good and came up with Horchata. It seemed like a popular drink when I was living in Southern California, although I'd never tried it. I started looking up recipes. Horchata is Cinnamon Rice Milk. And many descriptions called it creamy... but many also called it refreshing. To me, the two words don't seem able to describe the same thing. Was I ever wrong!

All of the recipes were wicked easy and very similar to each other. This is what I put together. The hardest part was waiting, since it has to 'soak' in the fridge overnight.


1 3/4 C long grain white rice (uncooked)
2 cinnamon sticks
7 C water
3/4 C milk
1/2 C sugar
1 TBLS vanilla

Place rice, cinnamon sticks and about 2 cups of water in blender.
No cooking for this recipe =)
Blend until rice and cinnamon sticks are roughly ground. Add remaining water and blend some more.
Pour into a pitcher and let it soak in the refrigerator overnight.
Strain out rice and cinnamon sticks (you can save this for rice pudding).
Add milk, sugar and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
Serve over ice.

I don't really have any step by step pictures for this, because I was crazy busy and just wanted to go to bed by the time I was getting this ready for the fridge.

The next morning, strain out the rice & cinnamon sticks.

I poured it through a sieve.

Then stir milk, sugar and vanilla into the liquid.

That's it!! How easy is that??

Hunter, one of my youngest (and cutest) party guests, gave the BEST review a hostess could ask for!

She said, "It dances in my mouth and laughs all the way to my stomach!"

How great is that??!!!

Here's Hunter with her Horchata and a Mexican Brownie.
(Mexican Brownie recipe coming soon!)

This really was so refreshing! I was very pleasantly surprised with how yummy this was!

If you try it, I hope you like it! We did!


Michele said...

That really is a unique beverage! I'm sold thanks to that fantastic review from Hunter! Too cute!

girlichef said...

MMMMMM....delicious. I love Horchata...drink it weekly :) When I introduced it to a friend of mine, he said it tasted like Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milk...and it kinda does, doesn't it!?

Dajana said...

What a sweet review. Sounds great.

Nisrine@Dinners and Dreams said...

It sounds fantastic! I have never heard of horchata before. I must try it as I love almond milk!!

The Dutch Baker's Daughter said...

YUM...this is like the best part of rice pudding. I've never heard of Horchata..but I like!

DDpie said...

I've never heard of it either, but ITA with Shels, after that fantastic review, who could resist???

Maria said...

I've never tried this drink. I can't wait for the brownie recipe:)

Patti T. said...

I used to live in Phoenix and I never heard of this. What a fascinating recipe.

Danielle said...

it's still a big thing out here. My girls love it. I've never tried it LOL. I don't know why though. silly me.

Joy said...

I love horchata. I have been tempted to try this for some time. One recipe I saw, required the rice to soak over night before you grind it. Would you try it that way too?

Spryte said...

Did it soak for two nights? If not, I'd just grind it before soaking. But this is the only time I've ever made it.