Horchata Recipe

Create this simple horchata recipe in your slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks to the mix for an extra rich flavor in this creamy, delicious drink.

From "The Tex-Mex Slow Cooker"
June 2018

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    Softened cinnamon sticks blend into this creamy horchata while cooking, giving it a beautiful color and extra richness.
    Photo by Jason David Page
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    “Tex-Mex Slow Cooker” by Vianney Rodriguez shares 100 different Tex-Mex recipes that can be made in your slow cooker.
    Cover courtesy of The Countryman Press
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Total Hands-On Time: 2 hrs 40 min

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 2 hrs 30 min

Yield: 15-20 servings

In The Tex-Mex Slow Cooker: 100 Delicious Recipes for Easy Everyday Meals, Vianney Rodriguez share her tips and tricks to serving out Tex-Mex classics. The book provides 100 Tex-Mex favorites that can easily be made in your slow-cooker. The following excerpt is from Chapter 5, "Beverages and Cocktails."

Traditionally, horchata is made by pouring boiling water over rice and almonds, straining through a cloth, and allowing the mixture to sit overnight. These days, it's much easier to use a slow cooker. You simply throw in all of your ingredients, walk away, and let the slow cooker do the work. I give my horchata extra richness by adding cinnamon sticks to the mixture. Once they've softened, they're easily blended into the drink, lending it a beautiful cinnamon color.


  • 12 cups water, plus more for blending
  • 3 cups uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 3 (4-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • Ice


  1. Combine 12 cups of water, the rice, 1-1/2 cups of sugar, almonds, and cinnamon sticks in a slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for 2-1/2 hours. Remove the cinnamon sticks.
  2. Working in batches, transfer the contents of the slow cooker to a blender. Cover and blend on high speed until the mixture is nearly smooth (the mixture will still have small bits of rice); add more water if needed. Strain the mixture, taste, and add more sugar if needed.
  3. Serve over ice.

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Excerpted with permission from The Tex-Mex Slow Cooker, by Vianney Rodriguez. Published by The Countryman Press, © 2018.

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