Homemade Horchata

Makes 6 Servings

  • Total Time: 185
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 180


  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 2½ cups fat-free (or low-fat) lactose-free dairy milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup white sugar


  1. Blend together the rice and warm water in a blender and transfer to a resealable plastic bag. Let sit at room temperature for 3 hours.
  2. After 3 hours, strain the rice from the water with a fine mesh sieve. Combine the water with the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar.
  3. Chill and serve cold.


Tips/Tricks - Note with alterations the nutritional values will be affected, including lactose content

**This may be made up to a week in advance if stored in an airtight container and refrigerated.

**Enjoy this throughout the day all by itself; or, play with it. Use the horchata as the star ingredient in a panna cotta recipe, or offer it alongside homemade cookies for dipping. Stir it into warm oatmeal, or pour it over rice cereal for a sweet, quick breakfast. Or, infuse the horchata with black tea and serve it hot or cold as an afternoon pick-me-up.