Classic Horchata

1 cup white rice
½ cup sliced or slivered almonds
2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
7 cups water, divided
12 oz. evaporated milk
½ cup sugar, plus more to taste, if desired
1 ½ cups plant-based milk
1 tbsp. Kowalski's Organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- ice
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine rice, almonds and cinnamon sticks; cover with 3 cups water and set aside to soak for 5-12 hrs.
  2. Remove cinnamon sticks (reserve for garnish); pour rice and almond mixture into a fine-mesh strainer, discarding the water completely.
  3. Pour strained rice and almond mixture into a blender with evaporated milk and sugar; blend on high until completely smooth (about 1 min.).
  4. Strain blended mixture into a jar or pitcher, pressing to extract as much liquid from the mixture as possible. Discard any solids.
  5. Stir in remaining water, plant-based milk, vanilla, ground cinnamon and additional sugar, if desired.
  6. This mixture will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. When ready to serve, pour into individual glasses filled with ice; garnish with cinnamon sticks.


  • Select a plant-based milk that contains at least 20% of the calcium and vitamin D you should have in a day. Both nutrients are key to your bones' strength and health. Check the milk's Nutrition Facts panel to find one that supplies both nutrients.