Glass of Gold: Horchata

9 months ago


Have you ever thought that rice, cinnamon, and almonds can mix well to create a sweet drink? Sailing from the shores of Latin America, horchata comes in a glass filled with ice, almost filled to the brim with milky white goodness. After all, this refreshing beverage isn’t famous in Mexico for nothing.


Makes 4-6 servings


¼ cup Ground rice or rice flour

½ cup Blanched almonds

¼ tsp Ground cinnamon, plus more for dusting

1 ½ cups Hot water

2 cups Water

½ cup Sugar

½ tsp Vanilla extract

  • Ice cubes, for serving


  1. In a large bowl or pitcher, combine the ground rice, almonds, and ground cinnamon then submerge in hot water. Cover and let stand in the refrigerator for at least six hours or overnight.
  2. The next day, transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Add a cup of water and blend again until well-combined.
  3. Strain the mixture using a cheesecloth or a very fine strainer set over a bowl. Transfer the strained mixture to a pitcher and add the remaining water then stir.
  4. Add sugar and vanilla extract to the mixture and stir to combine. Chill until ready to serve. To serve, pour horchata over glasses filled with ice. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon or garnish with cinnamon sticks.


Recipe by Yllaine Sabenecio

Photographed by Miguel Abesamis of Studio 100


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