The Perfect Mexican Horchata Recipe {Vegan}

A pitcher of horchata sitting on a table with two cinnamon sticks in it.

Is there anything quite like a perfect creamy, refreshing cup of sweet rice horchata? This icy cold, rich recipe is 100 percent dairy free!



1 cup uncooked white rice

1 cup almonds

1 Ceylon cinnamon stick or 2 cassia cinnamon sticks

pinch salt

3 cups boiling water

1/2 cup agave syrup

3 cups cold water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

ground cinnamon for sprinkling


Soak Overnight: Combine rice, almonds, stick of canela, and a pinch of salt in a large heat proof container. Carefully stir in the 3 cups of boiling water. Let sit, uncovered, at room temperature, overnight. 

Blend: The next day combine rice mixture with agave syrup, 3 cups of cold water, and vanilla in a blender. Blend on high until very smooth. 

Strain and Chill: Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Taste to see if it is sweet enough for your tastes. Add more agave syrup if you’d like it sweeter. Chill until cold then serve over ice with a dash of ground cinnamon on top. 

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