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Agua de Horchata

Agua de Horchata

If you’ve never tried agua de horchata then you are seriously missing out. You MUST try it. It is one of the most delicious drinks I’ve ever had.

It is a refreshing mexican beverage made of rice, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, water, and milk(optional). I like serving it with spicy dishes because it takes the heat off.

My two kids are obsessed with it. They would drink it everyday if they could.

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!

Five years ago I had never heard of it until my husband took me to a birthday party and it was served there. It’s funny because now I love this stuff but when I first tried it I thought it was really gross. It was not sweet at all and it was really chalky tasting.

So I didn’t try it again for about 3 years. Of course the second time I tried it, I was hooked on it.

I have learned that not all agua de horchata is the same. Every restaurant and home makes it differently.

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!

You need to make it a few times to find out how you like it. I have made it many times using La Lechera (sweetened condensed milk) and coconut water but I have found that the recipe posted below is my preferred method.

The fine mesh strainer will strain out most of the ground rice mixture but not all of it. I like the tiny bits it leaves behind. The rice bits will settle to the bottom of the pitcher. If this bothers you, you can definitely strain it again.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I hope you try it soon. In fact agua de horchata would make the perfect beverage for Cinco de Mayo! I just know you are going to love it! Tell me what you think of it in the comments below.

4.5 from 8 votes

Agua de Horchata

A sweet Mexican drink made of rice that is perfect on a hot summer day!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beverages, drinks, mexican
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 305 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 2 cups of rice
  • 2 sticks of Mexican cinnamon broken into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mexican vanilla I use molina
  • 10 cups water
  • 3 cups milk


  1. Combine rice, cinnamon, and 6 cups of water in a container and let sit over night
  2. In batches blend rice, cinnamon and water for 2-3 min
  3. Strain the blended mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Use a spatula to push the liquid through the strainer. Or strain through a cheesecloth
  4. Stir in vanilla and sugar and mix well
  5. Add the remaining 4 cups of water and 3 cups of milk and stir
  6. Store in refrigerator until cool. Best served with ice.
Nutrition Facts
Agua de Horchata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 46mg2%
Potassium 143mg4%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* 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.


Saturday 20th of April 2019

Hi Shara, the rice is raw.

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