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Almond and Mocha Horchata
  • 1/2 cup long grain white rice
  • 1/4 cup blanched almonds
  • 1.5 cups hot water divided, not boiling
  • 1 cup milk any kind
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • TRADITIONAL HORCHATA: ground cinnamon for garnish
  • tsp MOCHA HORCHATA: 1/2 cocoa 1 tsp granulated coffee
  1. In a blender, grind the rice and almonds. Transfer to a bowl and add hot water. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Blend the mixture with a stick or regular blender. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.
  3. Stir in the sugar, vanilla and milk.
  4. Serve in glasses over ice. Garnish traditional horchata with the ground cinnamon.
  5. For MOCHA horchata: add cocoa and granulated coffee in Step 3.