Brown Rice Horchata
Horchata is a tasty milk beverage made with rice, seeds or nuts, then sweetened & flavored with cinnamon. Delicious plain or with a shot of rum!
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 (1½ stick if small) cinnamon, broken into chunks
  • 1 cup skim milk (or other milk, or non-dairy milk or your choice)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ⅓ to ½ maple syrup (to taste), may substitute sugar
  • (optional) rum or rumchata for serving
  1. Place rice, cinnamon stick chunks, and 2 cups water in a blender or food processor. Blend until rice and cinnamon are broken into coarse granules, about the size of coffee grounds. Transfer to a large lidded container, then stir in the remaining water. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight for best results.
  2. After soaking, drain the rice through a fine mesh strainer lined with 3 to 4 layers of cheesecloth. Remove some rice granules from strainer if the liquid has a hard time draining. Discard solids. Place rice milk in a pitcher. Add milk of choice, vanilla, and maple syrup (or sugar). Stir until well mixed. Serve over ice. A dash of rum or rumchata is a delicious add-in.
Recipe by Art of Natural Living at