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Horchata (Mexican Milkshake)

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Horchata (Mexican Milkshake)

Horchata (Mexican Milkshake)
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The technique of pureeing rice or nuts with water is how you make rice milk and almond milk. Horchata is a combination of the two. Watch a video demonstration of How to Make Horchata (Mexican Milkshake) in our Shake It Up video series.


  • 1 cup raw long grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup blanched whole almonds
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • freshly ground nutmeg, optional


  • Combine rice, almonds, sugar, vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon and 4 cups water in a blender. Blend until the rice and almonds are completely pulverized, about a minute.
  • Strain through a mesh strainer. Serve over ice and garnish with cinnamon or freshly grated nutmeg.
  • TIP: Spike the shakes with amaretto or spiced rum.
  • TIP: Try this drink warm in the winter, with a little brandy.
  • TIP: If you can’t find whole blanched almonds, use slivered almonds. Just be sure to find almonds without skin.