Agua de Horchata or ‘rice water’ is a traditional Latin American drink made with rice, milk, sugar, and a dash of cinnamon. Many countries have their own variant of this drink. Personally, I love this Mexican version of horchata. This white beverage that bubbles away in the corner of every Mexican taqueria can quite easily be made at home with a few pantry staples. Creamy, slightly nutty, sweet, refreshingly cool, this agua de horchata served on the rocks,s ideal for a hot summer day, or as an accompaniment with your favorite chili nachos or fajitas.
Try this quick and easy recipe for agua de horchata on Cinco de Mayo this year. Looking for other awesome dishes for your Cinco de Mayo spread? Check out these 10 traditional Mexican dishes.
Making Agua de Horchata
Soak Rice and Cinnamon:
Take rice in a bowl, add hot water and allow the rice to soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can also soak the rice overnight. The longer rice soaks, the creamier your horchata will be. In another saucepan, take a cup of water, add cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil. Once the water starts bubbling, turn off the heat and allow it to cool.
Blend All Ingredients together:
Add the cinnamon sticks with cinnamon-soaked water and the rice along with the water to a blender. Blend everything into a fine pasty liquid. Then using a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth, strain out the liquid. Press down the pulp to get all the juices of the rice and cinnamon into the liquid mix
Add Sugar and Evaporated Milk:
To the strained liquid, add sugar and mix well till the sugar is completely dissolved. Then pour in the evaporated milk and mix again.
Serve Agua de Horchata Chilled!
Fill up a serving glass with 3 to 4 ice cubes, pour in the Horchata, sprinkle cinnamon powder on top, and serve chilled!
8 cups (2 liters) of water
1 cup long-grain rice
4 cinnamon sticks
1 can of evaporated milk
½ cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 cup ice cubes
- Soak rice in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes.
- In a saucepan, add water and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and let it cool
- Add cinnamon, cinnamon water, rice, and rice water, in a blender and blend into a smooth pasty liquid
- Using a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth strain the liquid into a jar
- Add sugar, and stir till it dissolves completely. Once the sugar is dissolved add evaporated milk and mix well
- In a serving glass, add 3 to 4 cubes of ice. Pour the prepared agua de horchata into it. Sprinkle cinnamon powder on top and serve chilled.