We’ll Show You How to Make Horchata to Drink this December

December 21, 2014

After Vampire Weekend came out with their song of the same name, I can’t not have Horchata without hearing “here comes a feeling you thought you’d forgotten” playing in my head. This creamy, rice-based drink is a perfect alternative for the lactose intolerant, and it makes for the perfect December drink. Or maybe that’s just me, because Vampire Weekend sang so.


On a normal day, it is sold mostly in street carts in Mexico. A refreshing nutty drink that’s mildly sweet and fragrant, there are many variations that you can do to Horchata—add more cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, or be playful with the rice you use (basmati and jasmine work perfectly for this recipe). We thought it deserves more attention than it already has, that’s why we’re showing you how to prepare it today.


Classic Horchata

Total Time: Overnight
Yield: 4-6 servings, estimated


  • 1 cup almonds, blanched
  • 1/2 cup washed rice (jasmine or japanese)
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sugar, to your liking
  • 2 cups milk, optional can use water
  • cinnamon, to your liking
  • cloves, to your liking


  1. Soak almonds and rice in warm water overnight and purée in blender the following day.
  2. Strain through a cheese cloth. Mix in milk, sugar, and spices to your liking.
  3. Serve over ice.

TIP: You can also mix in some barley for more texture and flavor.

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Mikka Wee’s goal is to travel the world with a backpack stuffed with her books and not much of an itinerary. With an appetite thrice the size of her 5-foot frame, waffles are the one thing that makes her weak in the knees. She also likes to torture herself with sci-fi movie marathons until her brain turns into goop. Her list of not-so-secret culinary crushes includes David Chang, Ivan Orkin, Rene Redzepi, and Anthony Bourdain. Alexander Supertramp is her hero.

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7 responses to “We’ll Show You How to Make Horchata to Drink this December”

  1. bianca says:

    Now I can make one and finally sing this simultaneously: in December, drinking horchata…..

  2. Ria R. says:

    Is there a way to use the almonds pa after you puree them?

  3. Cel says:

    I have the almonds and my rice soaking, tomorrow do I blend them with the water they soaked in or do I drain them beforehand? Thanks in advance!

  4. JS says:

    I’ve always wanted to try Horchata before after they released that song. Finally tried it last year from a Mexican place in LA, the song started playing in my head when I took y first sip. LOL. Can’t wait to make my own! Thanks for this!

  5. kagbalete says:

    Use honey or muscovado sugar to sweeten… better if no milk is added.

  6. recoiless says:

    Ooh this is interesting! Gonna give this a try and then enjoy it over some smokes and AC/DC 😀

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