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Agua de Horchata in three glasses on a sliver serving tray lined with a checkered towel.

Agua de Horchata Recipe (Rice Water)

Agua de Horchata is the perfect receta ("recipe" in Spanish) to enjoy on a hot summer’s day! A classic beverage among numerous Latin American countries, agua de horchata is a summertime drink to enjoy with tacos, burritos, or both. Creamy, silky, luscious, sweet, this flavor can’t be beat!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 117kcal


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice or rolled oats
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 5 cups water divided
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, combine rice, cinnamon sticks, and 3 cups water. Soak for 2 hours.
  • Remove cinnamon sticks and transfer to a blender. Process until smooth.
  • Pour through a fine-mesh strainer. Add sweetened condensed milk, sugar, vanilla, and water (1 cup at a time) to taste.
  • Serve over ice or chill until serving time.


Calories: 117kcal