If you’re lucky, horchata will be listed as one of the beverages on your menu. Unfortunately, many Mexican restaurants find it easier to only offer an “authentic” bottled beverage, like Jarritos soda / pop.

Horchata is a sweet, rice milk drink that is flavored with vanilla and cinnamon.  Those with dairy allergies should beware, though; milk is one of the ingredients in the recipe.

You could go to the organic or health food section of the grocery store and purchase a carton of rice milk, or just make your own from water and rice.


4 cups water
1 c raw white rice grains
1/3 c milk
1/2 T ground cinnamon
1 t vanilla


Pour 4 cups water and 1 cup rice into a blender. Blend the mixture for about 30 seconds. Let this mixture set for at least 3 hours.  Strain the liquid, and discard the rice. Add milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix these well. Refrigerate the horchata until chilled. Serve with or without ice.

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