Agua de Horchata Arroz- Rice Water

Rice drinks are a universal drink, common in Latin America, China and Africa. This recipe is from Mexico. It takes time to make but is easy to do. After the first time it is very easy, do the preparation at night and when you get up in the morning it is just about ready.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 299 kcal
Author Laurie


  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 1 cinnamon stick (broken up)
  • 1/3 cup sugar or agave syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cups long grain white rice or brown rice
  • 1 1/3 cups almonds (blanched- skins removed)
  • 3 cups cold water or 1/2 cup condensed milk to taste.


  1. Rinse the rice in a bowl of water, strain in a colander. Place the rice in the blender and grind until it is a rough flour texture. Grind almond to a fine texture too.
  2. Place in a large bowl and add the boiling water. Add cinnamon sticks or powder. Allow Horchata to sit for 6 to 10 hours, overnight. for the best flavor.
  3. Blend everything together one more time in the blender, to make it all creamy and smooth.Strain with a fine sieve or a sieve lined with several layers of cheesecloth, into a large picture and add 3 cups cold water or 1/2 cup condensed milk to taste.
  4. Serve cold with ice, or on a cold day serve warm. Garnish with some cinnamon.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Agua de Horchata Arroz- Rice Water
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.02g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.02g
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 10g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 12%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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