Walnut Horchata

IngredientsNon-alcoholic Beverages, Rice
Menu PartBeverage
Cuisine TypeMexican

Trent Page
Chef de Cuisine and Manager
YouTube Café
San Bruno, Calif.

A unique twist on the traditional Mexican Horchata, this version features toasted walnuts as well as rice to create the refreshing, milky drink.


8 tbsp. white rice

1 cup walnuts, toasted

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Grated zest of half a lime

3 cups hot water

3 cups cold water, divided

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. In blender container, place rice; process until thoroughly until pulverized. Transfer to large bowl or pitcher, add walnuts, cinnamon and lime zest. Add hot water; cover and let stand at room temperature or overnight.
  2. Transfer mixture to blender; blend until very smooth. Add 2 cups cold water; blend again until thoroughly combined.
  3. Line strainer with cheesecloth and set over large bowl. Slowly pour rice mixture into strainer; allow liquid to drain into bowl. Slowly press as much of the solids through the strainer as is possible.
  4. Transfer liquid to pitcher; stir in remaining 2 cups cold water. Add sugar and vanilla; stir well. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

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