Horchata with Cinnamon and Vanilla

Horchata with Cinnamon and Vanilla

Horchata: Agua de Arroz y Canela

Recipe Yield

6 servings

Cooking time

2 hours 2 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.75 from 8 votes


  • 2 cups long or extra long white rice
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 cinnamon stick ceylon or true cinnamon, if you can
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • Ground cinnamon to sprinkle on top optional

To Prepare

  • Place the rice in a bowl and cover with hot water. Roughly crumble a piece of true cinnamon into the rice mix (cassia will not let you break it…) and let is all sit and rest anywhere from 2 to 8 hours outside of the refrigerator.
  • Place half of the rice mixture in the blender with half of the milk and vanilla and blend until smooth, then strain into a pitcher or container (if using cassia cinnamon, remove it). Place the other half of the rice mixture in the blender with the remaining milk and the sugar, pure until smooth and strain into the same pitcher or container.
  • Stir well and serve over ice cubes, or place in the refrigerator until it is cold. Serve with more ice cubes to your liking, and sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top if you wish.


42comments inHorchata with Cinnamon and Vanilla

  1. Precious

    May 05

    How hot should the water be? Boiling or no?

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      Yes, boiling water works best, enjoy it Precious!

  2. Lynne Burns

    May 04

    Hola Pati,

    Quisiera probar esta receta, pero soy intolerante a los productos lacteos…¿recomienda que la haga con “leche” de arroz, o piensa que sería muy fuerte el sabor del arroz? “Leche” de avena es la variedad que prefiero y uso más.


    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      La puedes hacer con la leche que prefieras Lynne, con la de avena queda muy bien y tambien con la de coco 😉

  3. Kristin Groman

    Feb 15

    Made this today. It is so delicious and was a fun and easy recipe. Thank you!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 20

      My pleasure Kristin, glad you liked the Horchata 🙂

  4. Colleen

    Nov 04

    I can’t wait to give this horchata to my brother tomorrow for his birthday! My kids want to keep it for themselves! So yummy!! Thank you, Pati!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 05

      I hope he liked it Colleen! Happy Birthday to your brother 😉

  5. Vicki

    Oct 27


    What is your favorite brand of vanilla?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 27

      Hi Vicki, I do not have a preferred brand, but I like my vanilla pure and Mexican if possible. You can look it up online 🙂

  6. Ana

    Oct 23

    Which of your horchata recipes is better?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 27

      Hola Ana! I like vanilla a lot, so probably I will go for this one, but if you don’t then regular horchata is delicious as well 😉

  7. Susan under

    Oct 18

    Pati your recipes always turn out wonderful I love watching you make them and so delicious!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 19

      Gracias Susan!

  8. Wayne

    Aug 20

    Sounds so good

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 23

      🙂 It is…

  9. Rudy

    Dec 12

    How do I make the Massa for tamales, so that the Massa doesn’t come out to soft or too stiff

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 13

  10. Emmy Chaves

    Apr 04

    Delicious! We made it with unsweetened almond milk and monk fruit sweetener which made it a little too sweet. We added 2 additional cups of almond milk and it was perfect! So wonderful that we were able to make our own horchata and avoid all of the extra ingredients in the mixed packets! Thanks!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 13

      I’m so glad you made the recipe your own, Emmy!

  11. Tee Jonas

    Dec 07

    I’m going to try Pati’s recipe for my first time making horchata. I can’t wait.

    1. Pati

      Dec 07

      Yay! Enjoy it, Tee.

  12. Anonymous

    May 02

    Do you blend the water w/ the rice? Or remove tge rice from water?
    And how do you strain rice powder? It get gritty

    1. Pati

      May 04

      Yes you blend the water with the rice…and I like to use a fine sieve.

  13. Spencer

    Feb 16

    Really sweet. More milky than others I have tasted. But it is very good!

    1. Pati

      Feb 19

      So glad you liked it Spencer.

  14. Tim and Alan

    Sep 30

    Thanks Pati for the so very tasty recipe. We love all of your recipes, we’ve tried. We never make any changes! We love your show and it was so pleasant running into you at the Silver Spring street market the other year. Such an inspiration!!

    1. Pati

      Oct 02

      It was so nice running into you too! I hope you continue to enjoy all of the new recipes!

  15. Daisy

    Jul 15

    Hola Pati!

    I recently started watching your cooking program along with my five year old daughter who loves to be in the kitchen and help with whatever she can get her little hands on. She absolutely loves to watch you cook and cannot wait for us to make horchata and your tres leches cake! Which vanilla extract do you highly recommend to use?

    1. Pati

      Jul 17

      I hope you and your daughter have so much fun in the kitchen!
      I look for a vanilla that’s from Mexico, preferably from Papantla or Veracruz. And make sure to get the real extract, that says “pure vanilla extract”, not an imitation flavor.

  16. alexandra

    May 24

    thanks for the very good recipes from the different states of Mexico, even the ones we have never had the opportunity to visit and enjoy their dishes, I’m used to cook with basmati rice, can I still make horchata with this rice>

    1. Pati

      Jun 01


  17. Miguel

    Apr 28

    Pati se tiene que lavar el arroz hasta que quede la agua clara como cuando se cocina antes de cubrirlo con la agua caliente? Gracias!

    1. Pati

      May 08

      ​No, solamente una enjuagadita esta perfecto!​

  18. Stella J. Franco

    Apr 06

    Hello sweet lady its been awhile since we last chatted through e-mail over five years go am still enjoying and watching your show. My son asked since its been hot over here in Arizona if i could please make him some Horchata, i said of course since we Latina mothers love feeding our sons LOL! Thank you for this recipe i will make it this weekend to go with pollo asado kabobs and corn on the cob.

    1. Pati

      Apr 07

      So wonderful to hear from you Stella! I hope you and your son love the Horchata.

  19. Ana

    Apr 04

    I’m so doing this , my fam love horchata…

    1. Pati

      Apr 06

      Yay! Hope your family loves it Ana.

  20. Susan

    Apr 04

    Could I use almond milk instead of cow’s milk?

    1. Pati

      Apr 07

      Yes Susan you can! It will also be delicious.

  21. Anonymous

    Feb 16

    This is so go and refreshing!

    1. Pati

      Feb 16

      Thank you!

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