Cacao Horchata

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Cacao Horchata

Cacao Horchata

Horchata Cacao

Recipe Yield

26 cups approximately

Cooking time

Rate this recipe

4.80 from 5 votes


  • 2 pounds sugar
  • 8 cups warm water
  • 2 pounds basmati white rice
  • 6 ounces slivered almonds (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 canela or true cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup cacao nibs

To Prepare

  • In a large container, add the sugar and hot water and stir for a minute. Add the rice, slivered almonds and cinnamon stick, and let the mixture sit for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
  • Stir the mixture well before pureeing. In batches, puree until completely smooth in a blender, strain into a large bowl. When done, pour into pitchers, add cacao nibs, and leave in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve in glasses with ice cubes.


6comments inCacao Horchata

  1. Cecilia Hernandez

    Mar 26

    Hi Pati
    I’m going to try making your Cocoa Horchata
    It looks so delicious.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 31

      Yay! Let me know how you like it Cecilia!

  2. Charmaine Nicholson

    Jan 26

    is the rice cooked? before adding the hot water?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 27

      No, it is raw rice 😉

  3. angie

    Jan 08

    do you rinse the rice before you soak it over hot water?? wish rice is better regular or long grain.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 14

      Hey Angie, I do not rinse the rice and I like to use long grain to make my Horchata 🙂

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