recipe

Enjoy a cold glass of sweet, creamy horchata (“or-CHA-ta”) as a refreshing treat—or alongside your favorite Mexican food!

safety
  • No safety considerations
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 30 minutes, plus 12 to 24 hours soaking time
yield
  • Serves 4 to 6 (Makes 5 cups)

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Prepare Ingredients

4½ cups (36 ounces)
water
1¼ cups (6¼ ounces)
blanched whole almonds
½ cup (3½ ounces)
sugar
⅓ cup
long-grain white rice
1½ teaspoons
vanilla extract
1 teaspoon
ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon
salt
1 cup (9 ounces)
evaporated milk
Ice

Gather Cooking Equipment

2
large bowls
Plastic wrap
Fine-mesh strainer
Cheesecloth
Blender
Dish towel
Pitcher
Rubber spatula
Glasses
1
 
4½ cups (36 ounces)
water
1¼ cups (6¼ ounces)
blanched whole almonds
½ cup (3½ ounces)
sugar
⅓ cup
long-grain white rice
1½ teaspoons
vanilla extract
1 teaspoon
ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon
salt

In large bowl, combine water, almonds, sugar, rice, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours.

 
2
 

When mixture is ready, set fine-mesh strainer over second large bowl. Line strainer with triple layer of cheesecloth that overhangs edges; set aside.

 
3
 

Carefully pour almond mixture into blender. Place lid on top of blender and hold lid firmly in place with folded dish towel. Turn on blender and process until smooth, 30 to 60 seconds.

 
4
 

Carefully pour blended almond mixture into cheesecloth-lined fine-mesh strainer set over bowl. Let mixture drain completely, about 5 minutes.

 
5
 

Pull edges of cheesecloth together to form pouch and twist top of cheesecloth to close tightly. Gently squeeze pouch over strainer to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids and cheesecloth.

 
6
 
1 cup (9 ounces)
evaporated milk

Pour strained almond liquid into pitcher. Add evaporated milk to pitcher and use rubber spatula to stir until well combined.

 
7
 
Ice

To serve, place ice in glasses. Pour horchata over ice. Serve. (Horchata can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.)