If you’ve never tried an horchata latte, you’re in for a serious treat. This creamy drink hails from Spain, but these days it’s a particularly popular Latin American drink. Whip up a big batch by soaking and blending rice and water. Then add a little espresso or strong coffee to make a milky, caffeinated drink.
Ready to get started? Horchata lattes are easy to make and deeply satisfying. This may just be your new favorite drink!
What is horchata?
Horchata dates back to 13th century Spain. It’s a creamy, sweet drink made by soaking, grinding, and then sweetening a grain. In Spain, horchata is made with tiger nuts, but in the Americas, the base is usually white rice. You’ll also find cinnamon spicing up a classic glass of Mexican horchata.
Today, we’re turning horchata into horchata lattes. You can make a big batch of horchata ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Add a shot of espresso for an instant iced latte!
Creamy Horchata Latte
- Large bowl
- High-speed blender
- Espresso maker
- 4 tall glasses
- 1 cup white rice long grain
- 2 cups water
- 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups milk
- ¼ cup sugar to taste
- 4 shots espresso or 1 cup strong coffee
- 3 cups ice cubes
- Combine the white rice and water in your large bowl. Let the rice soak for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight, in the refrigerator.
- Pour the rice and soaking water into your high-speed blender. Then add the cinnamon, vanilla, milk, and sugar. Blend for two to three minutes, until the texture is fairly smooth.
- Pour your horchata through a fine-mesh strainer, paper coffee filter, or cheesecloth. This will strain out the solid rice pieces.
- Fill four glasses with ice and pull your espresso shots. You can make strong coffee if you prefer.
- Pour the horchata over the ice, splitting it between the four glasses. Add a shot of espresso to each glass and sample your drink. If it’s not sweet enough, add a little more sugar and stir the mixture. Enjoy your creamy horchata latte!
Horchata Lattes: Final Thoughts
There you have it: an unusual Mexican twist on a classic latte. The horchata latte, made with rice and cinnamon, is a fun, delicious drink that’s surprisingly easy to make. You can use any kind of milk — almond is a good, nutty option — and sweeten as much as you like.
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