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Strawberry Horchata (Horchata de Fresa)

This amazing and refreshing agua fresca will soon become your favorite summer beverage! Strawberry horchata or horchata de fresa is the perfect way to use fresh strawberries. This Mexican strawberry rice drink is made from simple ingredients. So give it a try this summer and impress all your friends and family!

strawberry horchata in a glass

Horchata de fresa is a type of agua Fresca. Aguas frescas are refreshing beverages that very popular in Mexico.

They are usually made from fruits but can also be made with grains, seeds and even flowers.

What is strawberry horchata made of?

Today’s agua fresca is made from strawberries, rice, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.

It pretty much combines two of my favorite drinks which are agua de fresa and agua de horchata.

How to make strawberry horchata

Just like regular horchata this strawberry and rice version starts with soaking rice and cinnamon in water overnight or for at least 4 hours.

I break up the cinnamon stick first and I use long grain white rice.

soaked rice and cinnamon

Transfer the rice, cinnamon and soaking water to a blender and blend for about 2 minutes.

Strain the mixture into a pitcher.

chopped strawberries

Take washed, hulled and chopped strawberries and add them to the blender with water, condensed milk and sugar. Blend this mixture until smooth.

Then strain into the pitcher and give it a stir.

Now it’s time to add the evaporated milk, more water and vanilla. Then stir once more. That’s it.

Super easy and delicious! Now just serve over lots of ice.

This drink will stay good in the refrigerator for 3 days.

What kind of rice should I use for horchata de fresa?

For the most authentic taste use long grain white rice.

Do I have to use evaporated milk?

No. However, I really like using evaporated milk because it gives the horchata a creamier taste.

You can use regular milk if that’s all you have. Or you can even omit it entirely and substitute with extra water.

Do I have to use condensed milk?

No. I like to use condensed milk for the same reason I like evaporated milk, the creamy taste.

However if you don’t have condensed milk you can use extra sugar to sweeten your horchata.

Horchata de fresa (strawberry horchata)

The great thing about this horchata with strawberries recipe is it’s very adaptable.

It doesn’t have to be strictly made with evaporated and condensed milk. Use what you have!

I personally love using what I have in my kitchen and not having to buy more ingredients.

It’s fun to experiment in the kitchen and see what you like!

I hope you like this strawberry version of horchata as much as I do!

Let me know what you think of it in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting, see you soon!

Horchata de fresa in a glass with chopped strawberries
3.67 from 3 votes

Strawberry Horchata

Strawberry horchata is a delicious and refreshing beverage that's perfect for the summer!

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword horchata de fresa, strawberry horchata
Prep Time 8 hours
Servings 10
Calories 371 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 1 1/2 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lb strawberries washed, hulled and chopped
  • 12 oz can of evaporated milk
  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbs Mexican vanilla blend
  • 10 cups water


  1. Soak the rice and cinnamon stick in 5 cups of water overnight or for at least 4 hours.

  2. Transfer the rice and cinnamon stick to the blender along with the soaking water.

  3. Blend for 2 minutes.

  4. Strain the mixture into a pitcher. Discard any bits left in the strainer.

  5. Put the strawberries in the blender along with 2 cups of water, condensed milk and sugar.

  6. Blend until smooth.

  7. Strain into the pitcher and stir.

  8. Next add the evaporated milk, the 3 remaining cups of water and the vanilla.

  9. Stir again.

  10. Serve over ice.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Horchata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 100mg4%
Potassium 355mg10%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 47g52%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 194IU4%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 227mg23%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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