Iced Horchata Coffee (Horchata Latte)

5 from 3 votes

Iced Horchata Coffee (Horchata Latte) is a delicious blend of traditional Mexican horchata and coffee. If you love coffee, this version will be your new favorite to sip on a hot summer day (gluten-free, vegetarian).

Iced Horchata coffee served in a glass.
Want to save this recipe?
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week!
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

About Horchata Coffee

Iced Horchata Coffee (Horchata Latte) combines the two best things: coffee and horchata.

It is a sweet drink where ground coffee is steeped along with regular horchata (pronounced OR-CHA-TA) ingredients to enhance the flavor of this refreshing Mexican summer drink.

Horchata is a traditional Mexican drink often prepared in summer with almonds, rice, cinnamon, water, vanilla extract, condensed milk, and sugar. It is creamy, earthy, and nutty in taste and is served in most Mexican restaurants worldwide.

Horchata Iced Coffee, just like the Strawberry Horchata or Pumpkin Pie Spice Horchata is a version of the classic drink and can be served any time of the year.

Be it hot or chilled, a horchata latte tastes great both ways. But I prefer to make it chilled to enjoy on a hot summer day.

You can adjust the ingredients in your coffee depending on how sweet and creamy you want it to be.

I prefer to make fresh horchata at home, as the homemade one is prepared with high-quality ingredients and is free of preservatives. But if you are short on time, you can use store-bought horchata, too.

This drink is vegetarian and gluten-free. You can easily make it vegan, too.

Double or triple the recipe as per your requirements.

Here are some more refreshing beverages

Ingredients

Horchata coffee ingredients 1
Horchata coffee ingredients 2

Rice – Use any white rice with a nice fragrance to make this drink. My personal choice is Basmati rice.

Ground coffee – Use any ground coffee that you have. The coarse ground will be perfect as it will be easier to strain.

Almonds – Almonds add a nutty flavor and nutritional goodness to this drink. Crushing the almonds slightly will make the grinding easier.

Cinnamon – Do not miss the cinnamon sticks. It adds a unique flavor and aroma that no other ingredient will do. Crush the cinnamon lightly before grinding.

Sweetener – I have used sweetened condensed milk and sugar. You can add brown sugar or piloncillo (Mexican sugar) instead.

Milk – Use whole milk (full-fat milk) for the best creamy texture.

Vanilla – Just a hint of vanilla extract will make a difference in the flavor.

Add some unsweetened coconut flakes while grinding to make coconut coffee horchata.

How To Make Horchata Coffee

Add

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 cup ground coffee
  • ¼ cup crushed almonds
  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 2 crushed cinnamon sticks

to the large jar of a high-speed blender and blend to make a coarse paste.

Rice, coffee, almonds, cinnamon and water added to a blender.
Coarse paste made.

Transfer the paste to a large pitcher.

Paste transferred to a pitcher.

Add the remaining filtered water to the pitcher and stir until combined.

Water added to the pitcher.

Cover the pitcher with a lid or cling wrap and keep it on the countertop for 8-10 hours.

Coffee and rice mixture rested for 8-10 hours.

Strain the mixture using a fine-mesh strainer or a nut-milk bag.

Mixture passes through a fine-mesh strainer.
Strained mixture.

Add

  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sugar

and mix well until the sugar is dissolved.

Check for sugar and add more if needed.

Refrigerate the drink for a few hours. Serve chilled over a few ice cubes. You can also heat it and serve it warm.

Remaining ingredients added to horchata coffee.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make coffee horchata using store-bought horchata?

Just mix brewed coffee with the store-bought horchata, add some ice cubes, and your iced coffee horchata is ready.

You can also use French press cold brew or a shot of espresso and add it to the readymade horchata to make an instant version. Instant coffee dissolved in water also works fine.

How to make a vegan horchata latte?

Just skip adding milk and condensed milk and enjoy this delicious drink as it is. If you want a creamy version, add vegan options such as almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.

Serving Suggestions

This rice-based drink is best served chilled over a few ice cubes.

Spike it with tequila or rum for an adult version.

If you want to drink it hot, heat it until hot and serve it in mugs with a sprinkle of extra cinnamon.

You can freeze it in popsicle molds and enjoy it as ice lollies.

Storage Suggestions

Coffee horchata can be stored in an airtight glass container in the fridge for 5 to 7 days. Shake it well before serving it again.

You can freeze it for about a month. Just thaw it in the refrigerator and enjoy it when it melts. Make sure to stir well before serving.

You Might Also Like

Iced Horchata Coffee (Horchata Latte) is a delicious blend of traditional Mexican horchata and coffee. If you love coffee, this version will be your new favorite to sip on a hot summer day (gluten-free, vegetarian).
5 from 3 votes

Iced Horchata Coffee Recipe (Horchata Latte)

Iced Horchata Coffee (Horchata Latte) is a delicious blend of traditional Mexican horchata and coffee. If you love coffee, then this version will be your new favorite to sip on a hot summer day.
Prep: 5 minutes
Soaking Time: 10 hours
Total: 10 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 cup ground coffee
  • ¼ cup almonds (lightly crushed)
  • 4 cups filtered water (divided)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (lightly crushed)
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups whole milk (full-fat milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sugar
Want to save this recipe?
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week!
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

Instructions 

  • Add white rice, ground coffee, almonds, 1 cup water, and cinnamon stick to the large jar of a high-speed blender and blend to make a coarse paste.
  • Transfer the paste to a large pitcher.
  • Add the remaining 3 cups of water to the pitcher and stir until combined.
  • Cover the pitcher with a lid or cling wrap and keep it on the countertop for 8-10 hours.
  • Strain the mixture using a fine-mesh strainer or a nut-milk bag.
  • Add condensed milk, milk, vanilla extract, and sugar, and mix well until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Check for sugar and add more if needed.
  • Refrigerate the drink for a few hours. Serve chilled over a few ice cubes. You can also heat it and serve it warm.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

Use any white rice with a nice fragrance to make this drink. My choice is Basmati rice.
Use any ground coffee that you have. The coarse ground will be perfect as it will be easier to strain.
Add brown sugar or piloncillo (Mexican sugar) instead of sugar.
Add some unsweetened coconut flakes while grinding to make coconut coffee horchata.
To make it vegan, skip adding milk and condensed milk and enjoy it as it is. If you want a creamy version, you can add vegan milk options such as almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.
Spike it with tequila or rum for an adult version.

Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 73mg, Potassium: 302mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 203IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 214mg, Iron: 1mg
Like this recipe? Rate and comment below!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




1 Comment