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Agua de Arroz (Horchata)

This agua de arroz recipe is going to become your new favorite summer beverage! It’s super delicious and oh so refreshing. If you like arroz con leche (Mexican rice pudding) then you’re definitely going to love agua de arroz. Agua de arroz is also referred to as “agua de horchata” “horchata de arroz” or just “horchata”. It’s a favorite among kids and adults. Give it a try this summer!

agua de horchata in a glass.

What is agua de horchata made of?

There are many different variations of horchata however this particular recipe is made with rice, water, whole cinnamon, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and Mexican vanilla.

Is horchata Mexican or Puerto Rican?

The particular recipe that I’m sharing today is a Mexican recipe. However, as I said earlier there are many different variations of horchata throughout Latin America.

Puerto Rican horchata is made with sesame seeds. It’s a really delicious take on horchata.

How to make agua de arroz?

Put the rice in a bowl and break up the cinnamon stick into pieces and add it to the bowl as well. Pour in 6 cups of water and cover the bowl. Let the mixture soak for at least 4 hours or overnight.

soaked rice and cinnamon

Transfer half of the soaked mixture to a blender and blend for about a minute. Then strain into a pitcher using a fine mesh strainer. Discard the solids.

Next, add the can of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and the rest of the soaked mixture to the blender and blend for another minute. Then strain into the pitcher. You can discard the solids that are leftover in the strainer.

straining the blended rice mixture

Now, add the remaining cups of water and the vanilla and stir well. Put the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill or you can serve it immediately over ice.

a pitcher of horchata.

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What is the difference between horchata and agua fresca?

Horchata is a type of agua fresca. Horchatas can be made from grains, cereals and seeds.

Aguas frescas are beverages that are very popular throughout Latin America and are made from fruits, grains, cereals, seeds or a combinations of them.

Can I use sugar instead of sweetened condensed milk?

Yes, you can. I prefer the sweetened condensed milk though because it gives the horchata a creamier consistency.

If using sugar I suggest starting with 3/4 cup. If it’s not sweet enough for you, you can always add more.

I used a whole can of sweetened condensed milk then I used half of another can in order to get it to my desired level of sweetness.

It’s always best to start with a little then add more as you go if you find it needs it.

Agua de Horchata is the perfect beverage to serve during the summer. It is also great when paired with spicy food. Try it this Cinco de Mayo!

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How to make agua de arroz

This delicious Mexican rice water drink is very popular among both kids and adults.

My family, especially my son is always thrilled whenever I make it.

I hope you’ll give it a try and I hope you enjoy it just as much as we do.

Let me know what you think of it in the comments below and don’t forget to leave it a rating.

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agua de arroz in a glass.
agua de horchata in a glass.
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Agua de Arroz

A sweet Mexican drink made of rice that is perfect on a hot summer day!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword agua de arroz, agua de horchata, horchata
Prep Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 140 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 Mexican cinnamon stick
  • 12 cups water divided
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk plus more if needed
  • 1 tbs Mexican vanilla blend

Instructions

  1. Put the rice in a large bowl. Then break up the cinnamon stick into pieces and add it to the bowl as well.

  2. Pour in 6 cups of water and cover the bowl. Let soak for at least 4 hours or overnight.

  3. Transfer half of the soaked mixture along with half the water used for soaking to the blender and blend for about a minute.

  4. Then strain into a pitcher using a fine mesh strainer.

  5. Next, pour in the can of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and the rest of the soaked mixture to the blender and blend for another minute. Then strain into the pitcher. Discard the solids left behind in the strainer.

  6. Now add the remaining 6 cups of water and the vanilla to the pitcher. Stir well.

  7. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill or serve immediately over ice. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Agua de Arroz
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 16mg1%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
agua de horchata is a type of agua fresca. Agua de horchata is popular in Mexico and is the perfect beverage to serve this Cinco de Mayo!
agua de horchata
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Marie Everson

Thursday 21st of October 2021

This is perfect! I’ve been scouring the internet for the right recipe and this nails it! I was spending $5 for 2 glasses of horchata and this saves me a ton of money! I’ve tried recipes that include sweetened condensed milk and/or evaporated milk and I find those leaving a weird aftertaste. This is sweetened perfectly, gives u the right balance of rice flavored water and creaminess (which isn’t too heavy). This is a winner, thank u so much for the recipe!

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Shara Hills

Saturday 20th of April 2019

Hi, is the rice cooked or fo you use it raw? Thank you.

Carissa

Saturday 20th of April 2019

Hi Shara, the rice is raw.

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