Homemade Horchata

Homemade Horchata

Horchata Casera
8 1/4 cups approximately
Pati Jinich
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: canela, ceylon, cinnamon, horchata, milk, pati’s mexican table, rice
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Homemade Horchata recipe from Pati’s Mexican Table Season 8, Episode 6 “El Fuerte, Magic Town”


  • 2 cups Mahatma® Rice white rice
  • 1 stick canela, ceylon or true cinnamon, broken into pieces
  • 3 cups boiling hot water
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar

To Prepare

  • Place the rice and cinnamon in a heatproof bowl and cover with the hot water. Let sit anywhere from 2 to 8 hours.
  • When ready to puree the mixture, add the milk and sugar to the rice mixture and stir well. Place in a blender, in batches, and completely puree. Strain into a pitcher as you move along. Serve over ice filled glasses and/or store in the refrigerator.

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    1. Horchata is way better when is fresh; you can keep it in the fridge but I wouldn’t recommend for over 24 hours. Enjoy!

  1. Hola Pati
    While soaking the rice, should there be water the entire time? My rice soaked up all the water and it’s only been about an hour since it started soaking.

    1. Yes Cynthia, try to add a bit more water because all the starch and flavor of the rice should be in it before you mix it with the milk to blend. Good luck!

  2. Hi Patti!,
    Loving your recipes, question on the horchata. Instructions say to add the milk and sugarto the rice mixture which includes the hot water that was added. Is that correct. Ty

  3. Haven’t had this since I was very young. Can’t believe the recipe/process was that easy. Thanks. Can’t wait to try it this weekend.

  4. Where I lived for a few years (66% Spanish speaking) – It was common to find horchata in flavors – fresa, pina, vanilla -maybe others. Coming back to Phoenix -none- found. Only plain. Wonder why? I have spoken to management at my favorite Latin markets … nuthin’ – And jamaica is also a favorite (often way too sweet though).

    1. Hey Barry, horchata is much better when drinking it fresh. I wouldn’t keep it in the fridge for more than a couple of days 😉

  5. I have a question. Is it possible to sub the Milk for something like Almond milk. I ask because my kiddo is allergic to cows milk . Goats milk is TBD and well we know Alt milks are workable for her. Horchata is one drink we love especially during summer time.

  6. Hi Patti. 💙❤😊 My kids and I love your recipe, right now our favorite is your Sopes Recipe😊 I have one question, after the rice and canela SOAK in the water, do I blend it in the water that it soaked in? Or do I strain it first and then blend it with the milk and sugar? Thank You😊

  7. Patti…delicious and love your recipes. Also love the glass jar you have
    for the horchata. What is your source? Thanks, Gina

    1. Thanks so much Gina, glad you loved the Horchata. So many people ask me about this jar and I honestly do not remember where I got them 🙂

  8. Hello Pati
    I really like your show
    I tried the horchata is the rice supposed to be cooked or raw still hard
    I let it soke for 24 hrs the rice still feels hard and raw I’m confused

    1. Hi there! The rice has to be raw, what you are doing by soaking it is getting all the starch and flavor out of it, and a bit more when you blend it. It is going to be still a bit grainy, that’s why you will strain it before drinking it . Enjoy 😉

  9. Made this for my daughter because it is her favorite drink! 3 hours of rice soaking and I used half almond milk and half heavy cream since I didn’t have whole milk. We all loved it! Can’t believe it was this easy! Thanks Pati!

  10. Hello Pati,
    I just came in from walking the dog and caught the very end of the segment where you were making a delicious looking cool drink that was green. All I caught was you said that there were chunks of pineapple in it. If it helps to identify which show it was, you were wearing a beautiful bright orange and blue blouse. — I would like to find out what that drink was and get the recipe. Can you help me?

  11. My husband Roberto and I also love watching you on Saturday evenings travel your way throughout Mexico. You are so inspiring to us. My husband looks forward to all of my Pati “give it a try” recipes. This week we made your horchata that reminded me of my childhood and your chilaquiles. They were both delicious and yummy! My husband and I are wondering if any new episodes will be airing soon? Thank you for sharing your superpower of personality and cooking with us.

    1. Thanks so much Tamara for these kind words, and thanks to Roberto for liking my recipes! Stay tuned because the new season, from the amazing state of Sonora, will start airing this October. Enjoy 🙂

  12. My husband Manuel and I love watching you Pati! Saw you make this tonight and now I’m making the trip to Meijer to buy a blender, rice and cinnamon sticks. Oh I am so excited!!

    1. 🙂 🙂 🙂 So glad to read this Horchata inspired you Kristen! A blender is a must have in the kitchen, yay!

      1. I’m so happy you replied and my husband will be too. We could be in the middle of something and your show comes on and we drop everything pretty much to watch you. Oh and I’m making it for the 3rd time today, we are obsessed it’s so good.

  13. Hi Pati! New to cooking, but already tried three of your recipes! All of them came out pretty good!!
    For this recipe, would brown sugar work as well? Just curious

  14. Pati – si bien recuerdo, creo que también lleva una lata de leche endulzada, además de la leche y el azúcar, o en vez de… apreciaria mucho tu comentario.

    1. Hola Laura, si, algunas recetas llevan leche condensada en lugar de leche y azucar, pero para mi gusto queda muy dulce y densa, por eso la prefiero con leche. Saludos 😉

    1. Yes Mariana, is uncooked rice; the warm water will get out all the flavor of the rice and the starch to make a great Horchata 😉

    1. Never tried it Eleanor, but I don’t see why not. Please let me know how does it come out with any other milk you use 😉

      1. Hi Pati, I’m a big fan of your show. I think people are confused because the recipe calls for pouring boiling water over the rice. After 2 – 8 hours, doesn’t that essentially cook the rice?

        1. Hey Paul, thanks for your comment! It really doesn’t cook the rice, but it absolutely extracts all the flavor and the starch, which makes the horchata so delicious and refreshing 😉

  15. I may be completely confused but I thought you mentioned lemon juice or was that a different recipe on this show? BTW, both my hubby and I love your show. Your recipes are great and we really enjoy how your kids (they have really grown) also love your food and add their own opinion.

    1. It might be another recipe Ingrid, definitely Horchata does not have any lemon juice. Greetings to you and your hubby 😉

    1. Hi Linda, sounds like a good idea, probably it will make the Horchata creamier so go for it! Just be careful with the sugar, the condensed milk will be sweet enough I think.

  16. I saw this episode but can’t remember, after soaking the rice and cinnamon do we drain and throw out the water before adding the milk?