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Horchata Recipe

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  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan horchata recipe is a refreshing Mexican rice and cinnamon drink that is super easy to make and requires only 6 ingredients! Authentic horchata is a great drink to have on a warm sunny day along with an authentic Mexican dish.


  • 2 cups white rice
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 4 cups room temperature water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder (Ceylon)
  • 1/23/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oat milk or plant milk of choice
  • Ice cubes to serve

Overnight Oats:


  1. Add rice, cinnamon sticks/powder, and hot water in a mixing bowl. Cover the bowl and let soak overnight at room temperature.
  2. The next morning, pour the rice mixture into a blender and blend until you create a smooth and watery paste.
  3. Next, strain the rice mixture into a pitcher using a fine strainer and a cheesecloth. If you don’t have a cheesecloth, that is also okay because the sediment will stay at the bottom of the pitcher.
  4. Add oat milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and the rest of the water to the horchata. For a tip on how to easily stir-in sugar, see above in the tip section.
  5. Chill horchata in the refrigerator for a few hours. Serve over ice in glasses and enjoy!


Overnight Horchata Oats:

  1. Add 2 cups rolled oats and 2 cups horchata to a sealable container.
  2. Refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 3 hours to allow the oats to “cook”.
  3. Once it’s ready, sprinkle extra Ceylon cinnamon, any seeds/nuts of choice, and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: No-cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican