Horchata is a milky drink often made from rice, and served chilled, over ice. It often contains cinnamon and vanilla. This one goes a step further with the addition of fresh orange zest. Horchata is available in Mexican markets around the Southwest, chilled in large glass containers and ladled into paper cups. It’s refreshing as a mid-afternoon snack, or served with breakfast tacos.

Ingredients (makes about 1 Liter)

2 cups white long grain rice, uncooked (can also substitute rice milk)

1 stick cinnamon

4 cups whole milk (goat or cow)

1 tablespoon Mexican vanilla, or other vanilla extract

2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk

Zest of 2 oranges

Additional Information

  • Total Time: 10m


Place the rice, 3 cups hot water, and the cinnamon stick into a large pitcher. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and leave on the countertop overnight.

The next morning, pour the rice and water mixture into a blender and blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes until the rice is pulverized. Strain the liquid into a large, wide-mouth jar.

Add the milk, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, and orange zest to the jar and stir to combine.

Ladle into cups and serve over ice, or refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Horchata may be refrigerated, covered, for 2 to 3 days.


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by Josh and Brent

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What’s not healthy, the orange horchata or the watermellon recipe??? LOL!!


How about some Agua de Sandia.

6 lbs. Watermelon cut into small pieces.
Agave or sugar to taste
Ice cubes
1 tbsp. Lime juice.

Put some of the watermelon in blender with 1 cup water, blend until smooth the put in strainer to remove large pieces. Continue blending all the watermelon this way. Stir in lime juice and sugar or agave to taste. Refrigerate for at least an hour, pour over ice and enjoy.


Not healthy at all. Packed with nothing but carbs and carbs destroy your arteries and heart, I know I have 3 heart stents.