Horchata - Traditional Mexican Rice Drink

Our students LOVE Mexican foods so we tried this drink with them during Spring Break camp and they thought it both fun to make and yummy. You can control the sugar - which is great. Sometimes when you buy it at taquerias it is really sweet. This recipe is just right. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice, rinsed
  • 1 cinnamon stick, preferably Mexican, broken into pieces, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup sugar, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, preferably Mexican, for garnish

Directions

Combine the rice and cinnamon stick with 4 cups water in a blender; pulse to coarsely grind. Transfer to a large bowl and add another 4 cups water; soak at room temperature for 3 hours. 

Puree the rice mixture in a blender in batches until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve into a pitcher. Mix in the sugar; chill. 

Stir the horchata well before serving. Pour into ice-filled glasses; garnish with cinnamon sticks and a dusting of ground cinnamon.