Iced Horchata

Iced Horchata

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Forget the typical, boring and sugar-loaded margaritas. This Cinco de Mayo, break out an original classic to celebrate the day - the Iced Horchata. Cold drink recipes like this are a contemporary spin on a classic Mexican summer beverage. This delightfully refreshing version features rice and cinnamon, and is a great make-ahead drink for entertaining on this festive holiday.


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Chilling Time2 hr


  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 cup white rice, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Sweet Cream
  • 4 ounces spiced rum (optional)
  • ice cubes
  • ground cinnamon to taste


  1. Combine water, rice and cinnamon sticks in large bowl; cool. Cover; refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

  2. Remove cinnamon sticks. Spoon rice into food processor or blender (reserve soaking liquid); cover. Process on high for 3 to 4 minutes. Add reserved soaking liquid and sugar; process for 2 minutes.

  3. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth or fine sieve into a pitcher, pressing the rice solids until only a dry paste remains; discard paste. Stir Coffee-mate and rum into mixture.

  4. Serve over ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

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