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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.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings (1 cup each)
Calories 332kcal


  • 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


  • 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.


  1. Water: To speed up the initial soak, use 3 cups boiling water and reduce the soaking time to 1 hour.
  2. Cinnamon: 1/2 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.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 1mg