Big Star Horchata

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A popular and classic Mexican beverage.


  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 cup almonds, skins on, lightly toasted
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, Mexican variety
  • 2 vanilla pods, seeded or 1/2 tablespoon vanilla paste
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 gallon, plus 1 quart water


Combine rice, almonds and cinnamon in a 4 quart container. Bring 2 quarts of water up to a simmer. Pour water over the rice mixture, and let steep for 6 hours.

In a blender, pulse rice mixture on the highest setting until smooth.

Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, over a large container, pour remaining water over the rice pulp to extract any remaining starch. Use the back of a spoon to push any remaining water through.

Add in vanilla and sugar, adjusting sweetness to your liking.

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