Traditional Rice Horchata Recipe Healthy Mexican Drink to Make Together with Kids in 3 Easy Steps

Rice Horchata Recipe to Make with Kids

Make Traditional Mexican Drink “Horchata” together with your kids. The Rice Horchata Drink has been made many times and now kids know how to make it on their own with a little help. Soak rice overnight, and make it together in the morning.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Idle time: 8 hours

Course: Drinks

Cousine: Mexican

Servings: 8

KEY WORDS: Traditional Mexican Drink, Vegan, Keto, Dairy Free


  • 1 cup of rice (white or brown)
  • 2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of milk (can of evaporated milk, if traditional, or a dairy free-milk or dairy-free creamer)
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • Vanilla 
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (dates or raw turbinado) 


  • Blender
  • Mesh Strainer 


Vegans substitute milk and sugar for natural nut creamer.


  1. Soak rice in water overnight. In a saucepan, boil the water with the 2 cinnamon sticks, let cool.
  2. Blend the rice with its water, the water with cinnamon and a piece of it to the finest. 
  3. Use a fine mesh strainer to transfer the mix to a large pitcher. Add milk (dairy free, if desired) to taste.
  4. Add 2 to 3 cups of more water and stir with sugar and vanilla to taste. Add ice to serve. 

Written by Karla Renee Padilla

Karla is a mother of 2. She is an entrepreneur and a small business owner who creates safe and playful spaces for young children to explore. Karla has international experience and global education. Karla holds two Master's degrees, including one from Harvard. She speaks Spanish and English and enjoys singing, playing music, making craft with kids, and cooking delicious meals from Mexican cuisine. Karla has traveled and worked around the world and her favorite place is home: Mexico, where she shares time with her sons, husband, siblings, parents and friends. Karla grew up in a big family with the appreciation for life - music and celebration, love and care for each other and those around. And that’s the legacy she wants to leave behind.


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