Homemade (Rum-infused) Horchata

Homemade Rum-infused HorchataRecipe

Photo: Ryan Moriarty; Styling: Callie Blount

Whole milk and sweetened condensed milk make this booze-infused Mexican horchata insanely rich and creamy.

Makes 4, 6-ounce servings


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1 cup uncooked long grain rice
8 cups warm water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 ounces spiced rum per glass
Grated fresh nutmeg, for garnish


In a medium-sized bowl, combine rice and warm water and set aside for 30-60 minutes. Drain the rice through a sieve, retaining the water. Transfer rice to a food processor or blender with 1/2 cup of the retained water. Add the cinnamon, and blend on high for 2 minutes, or until a smooth paste forms. Transfer the paste to bowl with the retained water and whisk well. Let the mixture stand for 2-4 hours, whisking occasionally.

Strain the rice milk through a fine sieve into a jug or bowl. Add the milk, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and blend well. Pour horchata into glasses filled with ice, leaving space at the top for rum. Mix in 2 ounces spiced rum per glass. Sprinkle with fresh nutmeg, if desired.

Created date

October 2015