Mexican Rice Horchata

Mexican Rice Horchata

Agua de arroz is a lightly sweetened, creamy, and refreshing drink that goes perfectly with hot, sunny days and cool breezes.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 cup long grain rice, rinced
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon (For garnish)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (Or sweetened condensed milk)


  • Add the rice and cinnamon stick to a blender. Pulse to slightly break up the rice, about 1 to 2 minute's worth. Add half the water, then blend another minute.
  • Transfer to a large bowl or pitcher and add the remaining water. Soak at room temperature for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Return the mix to the blender to process until smooth, work in batches as needed.
  • Strain through a cheesecloth or fine sieve, and pour into a pitcher. Stir in sugar, then chill for an hour or two, just to get it completely cold.
  • Stir before stirring, pour over ice, and garnish with ground cinnamon.