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  • Dairy free
  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Lactose free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Wheat free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • Low fat per serve
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Infused with vanilla bean, cinnamon and brown sugar, this white rice and almond milk beverage is inspired by Mexico’s signature creamy drink, horchata.

  • Serves6, makes 6 cups / 1.5L
  • Prep time10 minutes, + overnight soaking time


  • 1 cup (200g) long-grain white rice, rinsed
  • 1 cinnamon stick or quill, plus extra to serve (optional)
  • 1 cup (250ml) almond milk
  • 1/4 cup (55g) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • Ice cubes and ground cinnamon, to serve

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 514kJ/123 Cals (6%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 2g (3%), Sat Fat: 0.2g (1%), Sodium: 29mg (1%), Carb: 26g (8%), Sugar: 10g (11%), Dietary Fibre: 1g (3%).

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.

Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.


  1. Step 1

    Place the rice and cinnamon stick in a high-powered blender with 1 cup (250ml) water. Blend for 1 min or until rice is broken down evenly and mixture is combined. Add a further 4 cups (1L) of water and blend for 30 secs to combine.

  2. Step 2

    Pour mixture into a large jug or container. Cover and place in the fridge overnight to develop the flavours.

  3. Step 3

    Strain the rice mixture through a fine sieve (or colander lined with muslin or cheesecloth) into a large jug. Discard solids.

  4. Step 4

    Add the almond milk, sugar and vanilla paste. Whisk until well combined and the sugar dissolves.

  5. Step 5

    Serve horchata over ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon to serve.

Recipe tip

If you are serving this for a party or celebration, you could include a cinnamon stick in each glass as a stirrer.

Use it up
: Leftover almond milk can be used to make smoothies, dairy-free ice-cream and as a substitute for milk-based recipes like creamy pastas or casseroles.

Horchata recipe

Planning a Mexican feast? Be sure to include horchata on the menu! This refreshing and creamy ice-cold drink is a delightful summer beverage and pairs perfectly with all your favourite Mexican dishes like tacos, nachos and corn chips with guacamole. Its light sweetness contrasts the rich and spicy flavours of Latin American cuisine, making it an excellent palate-cleanser. 

What is horchata?

Horchata is a popular plant-based Mexican drink best served over ice. It is often sweetened with sugar and flavoured with vanilla, cinnamon and sometimes almonds. You can find horchata in Central American countries like Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua, in some parts of the US and even Australia. 

Our horchata is made using pantry staples you may already have sitting around, such as white rice, cinnamon, brown sugar, almond milk and vanilla bean paste. 

How to make horchata

To make homemade horchata, you’ll need a high-powered blender to blitz the rice and cinnamon with water. Once blended, transfer to a large jug and cover. Let the mixture steep overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, strain it through a sieve or lined colander to discard any solids before adding the almond milk, sugar and vanilla paste. When the sugar has dissolved, you’re ready to serve! 

We’ve used almond milk as its subtle nuttiness complements the cinnamon and vanilla, but horchata can be made with your preferred dairy or plant-based milk. For an extra kick of flavour, coconut milk would be a luscious substitute. Some versions even call for evaporated milk or condensed milk for an ultra-creamy result that becomes almost dessert-like.

Now get cooking

For more Mexican-inspired drinks, try the recipe for this refreshing grapefruit and jalapeño chilli margarita or margarita on the rocks. Serve them up with spiced guacamole, mini prawn tostadas with mango salsa or these Mexican-style hot dogs for an outdoor BBQ.


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