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This cinnamon-vanilla rice drink is a frothy Mexican classic. Rice flour offers a nice shortcut, eliminating the customary need to soak grains of rice overnight and grind them. Condensed milk gives the blend sweetness. For a spiked version, stir in a little rum.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2011


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup rice or almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark or light rum (optional)
  • Ice cubes
  • Ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks, for garnish


  1. Bring whole milk and cinnamon stick to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl. Whisk in condensed milk, flour, and vanilla. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Strain mixture through a fine sieve, and stir in rum if using. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks.

Cook's Notes

Strained horchata can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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