Mexican Orchata Recipe

A quick and easy recipe for the traditional Mexican drink Orchata, or rice milk. Try mixing some up this Cinco de Mayo! 


3/4 cup rice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon or 1 in cinnamon stick
1 1/2 teaspoons good vanilla (Mexican is best)
1/2-3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk


  1. Rinse the rice in a colander. Place in a blender and add enough water to cover by an inch; soak 5 or 10 minutes. Add the vanilla and cinnamon and blend until finely ground. Drain the liquid through colander into a pitcher.
  2. Return the ground rice to the blender. Add the condensed milk and about 2 cups water and blend again. Drain into the pitcher. Discard any remaining rice.
  3. Add more water to the pitcher, one cup at a time, until it has the right amount of sweetness for you. Add ice and serve cold.

*Note* you can add 1 cup sugar or so and 1 cup milk, instead of the sweetened condensed milk .You can use rice or even soy milk!