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“You’d remember drinkin’ horchata
You’d still enjoy it with your foot on masada
Winter’s cold is too much to handle

Pincher crabs that pinch at your sandals
Here comes a feeling you thought you’d forgotten
Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on
Ooh you had it but oh no you lost it
Lookin’ back you shouldn’t have fought it…”

~Horchata by Vampire Weekend


After hearing my new favorite band, Vampire Weekend, sing a song about a beverage called horchata I became curious. What is horchata? So I looked it up and found out it’s a rice and milk based drink that’s enjoyed in Spain, Mexico, and southern California. I made up a batch over the weekend. It’s surprisingly refreshing and pretty easy to make. Gracie absolutely adores it! Try it for yourself!


5 cups water

1 cup long grain white rice, uncooked

1/2 cup whole milk

1 Tablespoon Mexican vanilla

1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

2/3 cup white sugar

Pour the rice and water into the bowl of a blender. It will be quite full. Cover and carefully pulse the blender for about a minute, just to break up the grains of rice a little. Allow rice to sit in the water for 3 hours. Drain the rice water into a glass pitcher or large jar. Discard rice. Add the milk, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar to the rice water. Cover and allow to chill completely before serving over ice.

Some Hispanic bars in southern California use horchata as a mixer in a cocktail known as a

Rice Rocket

2 parts horchata

1 part Malibu coconut rum

dash of Goldschlager

Serve over ice.



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  9 comments for “Horchata

  1. April 24, 2011 at 10:33 am

    This sounds delicious! I think I will be making some tonight!!! 🙂

    • Melissa
      April 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      It’s so good! The rice rocket is a yummy cocktail too 😉 enjoy!

  2. August 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    You always make me drool!! Does’t matter what you post…could be shoe leather with ketchup!! xoxo

    • Melissa
      August 5, 2013 at 5:18 am

      AW! Ally what a perfectly sweet thing to say. You are one of the most brilliant chefs I know, and your compliment absolutely made my week. So much love for you, lady! thank you for visiting me 🙂 XOXOXO ~Melissa

  3. February 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Wow! I often order horchata at Mexican restaurants, but I never really thought about making my own. I’m really excited to try this now. It seems so much easier than I thought it would be! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Melissa
      February 25, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Hi Kimiko! Thanks for stopping by and for commenting 🙂 I’m so pleased you like the recipe. It’s one of our favorites and we make it all year long. Enjoy!

  4. joan
    May 26, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Is the rice cooked or just soaked

    • Melissa
      May 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Hi Joan! The rice is just soaked 🙂 thanks for stopping by. Enjoy 🙂 XO ~M

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