Horchata is a drink made primarily with rice and spices. Although it is white in color and creamy, it usually does not contain milk.
In Spain horchata is made with chufa (tiger nut) but in Mexico it’s made with rice. Most Latin families that make it have their own special twists.
My cousin Georgina shared her recipe with my mom, and she gave it a few tweaks (using simple syrup instead of granulated sugar and pulverizing the rice beforehand to eliminate chalky sediment and a gritty taste). Grinding the rice also helps thicken the drink.
Horchata is that white milky-looking drink you see in large bee-hive glass jars at taquerías or sold by street vendors. It’s the perfect summertime refreshment.
Once you have the base for this thirst quenching (dairy-free) drink, you can experiment with the addition of more or less sugar. Since it does not contain milk, it will not spoil as easily as a dairy-containing beverage.
If you love horchata you will love these recipes:
Thin Simple Syrup: