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Agua de Horchata (Rice Water)

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Agua de Horchata is a sweet, creamy beverage served in many Latin American countries. This version is from Mexico, and it’s so refreshing with tacos, burritos, and fajitas.

A glass of Agua de Horchata.

Agua de Horchata is the perfect antidote the spicy salsas of Mexico. You can buy it at many Mexican restaurants, but those versions are always overly sweet (so much so that I find myself intentionally watering it down).

The real thing is easy to make. If you have 2 hours to soak rice with cinnamon, you can easily blend up a batch of Agua de Horchata – and you can make it is sweet, or not, as you want.

Recipe ingredients

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Ingredient notes

  • Water: To speed up the initial soak, use 3 cups boiling water and reduce the soaking time to 1 hour.
  • Cinnamon: ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon may be substituted for the cinnamon sticks (or add more to taste at the end).

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add water, rice, and cinnamon sticks. Soak for 2 hours. Transfer to a blender and process until smooth (do not remove the cinnamon sticks).
  2. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer. Stir in sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and the remaining 2 cups water. Serve over ice or chill until serving time.
A jug of Agua de Horchata.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 6 (1-cup) servings.
  • Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Make ahead: The rice can be soaked up to 12 hours in advance in the refrigerator.
  • Horchata with oats: 1 cup of rolled oats may be substituted for the rice. That’s just another way they make it in Mexico.
A glass of Agua de Horchata.

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A glass of Agua de Horchata.

Agua de Horchata (Rice Water)

Agua de Horchata is a sweet, creamy beverage served in many Latin American countries. This version is from Mexico, and it’s so refreshing with tacos, burritos, and fajitas.
Author: Meggan Hill
5 from 8 votes
Cook Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings 6 servings (1 cup each)
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 332

Ingredients 

  • 5 cups water divided (see note 1)
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks broken (see note 2)
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, add water, rice, and cinnamon sticks. Soak for 2 hours. Transfer to a blender and process until smooth (do not remove the cinnamon sticks).
  • Pour through a fine-mesh strainer. Stir in sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and the remaining 2 cups water. Serve over ice or chill until serving time.

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Notes

  1. Water: To speed up the initial soak, use 3 cups boiling water and reduce the soaking time to 1 hour.
  2. Cinnamon: ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon may be substituted for the cinnamon sticks (or add more to taste at the end).
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 6 (1-cup) servings.
  4. Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  5. Make ahead: The rice can be soaked up to 12 hours in advance in the refrigerator.
  6. Horchata with oats: 1 cup of rolled oats may be substituted for the rice. That’s just another way they make it in Mexico.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 332kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 7gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 96mgPotassium: 288mgFiber: 1gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 180IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 214mgIron: 1mg
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