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HorchataHorchata is a traditional beverage made with nuts or grains popular throughout Spain and Mexico.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup long-grain white rice
2 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 packets Starbucks VIA
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon orange zest

Cooking Directions:

  1. Soak the rice in the water for a minimum of one hour (overnight works, too).
  2. Place rice, soaking water, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, and VIA in a blender for 2 minutes.
  3. Strain into a pitcher, add milk and chill completely (overnight is fine).
  4. When ready to serve, pour into serving pitcher leaving sediment behind. Stir in orange zest.

Makes 8 servings.


  • Glasses can be garnished with a twist of orange rind.
  • This recipe is also delicious prepared with chocolate milk.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of; through ARA Content.