Horchata de Arroz {Rice Horchata}

With Cinco de Mayo, just around the corner, I thought I'd share an authentic Mexican Agua Fresca recipe that is sure to impress your family and friends at your next fiesta.  

Horchata is very popular all througtout Mexico and is part of what I like to call the Aguas Frescas trinity along with Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Flower Tea) and Agua de Tamarindo.  

Horchata is a creamy, rice based beverage that can be served at breakfast, lunch or dinner.  My Hubby and kiddies love it so much that I have to make it a couple of times a week. 

Horchata de Arroz 1

Horchata (de Arroz)
(Rice Horchata)

  • 1-1/2 cups long grain rice, uncooked
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 6 cups water 
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
  • Granulated sugar (optional) 

In a medium bowl, soak the rice in 3 cups water for at least 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge.

Horchata Prep

Puree the rice and the water it was soaked in along with the cinnamon stick in a blender until smooth. Strain into a 2-quart pitcher. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and enough of the remaining water to fill the pitcher. Sweeten with granulated sugar to taste, if necessary. Refrigerate Horchata until ready to serve. Serve over ice. Enjoy!!!

Agua de Arroz


  1. Whoohooo, more recipes from someone who knows what I can and cant get down here. Im excited about this one.

  2. Yes, I do know what is available to you, ingredients-wise, for cooking. Usually, if I can't find what I need here, I have to go to Tepa to get it!

  3. Oh wow, I just came back to this post to write down the recipe now that the baby is resting and giving me time to. How close do you live to Tepa? If you don't mind me asking, or if you don't want it on your blog Id love to chat about the area my e-mail is newcreationajh@yahoo.com

  4. If I don't use condensed milk can I just sweeten it with a little more sugar? Or should I stick to using the condensed milk?

  5. I have to admit I'm not sure when I add the 3 quarts of water?

  6. Hi SimonSays!
    Thank you so much for pointing out my little oversight. Funny how no one has ever noticed that in almost 5 years. I've edited the recipe to include when to add the water. (You add it after you've added the condensed milk and sugar.)

  7. Leslie, have you tried using Jasmine rice for this recipe? It has a bit of a scent, and I'm wondering if it work. Thank you!