This iced horchata coffee is a delicious blend of traditional Mexican horchata and coffee. If you love coffee, then this version will be your new favorite to sip during a hot summer day.
Want a few more such refreshing beverages to enjoy during this hot season? Then, here are some of my regulars, that I make at home – Iced Vanilla Latte, Apple Iced Tea, Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte, Thai Iced Tea, Iced Caramel Macchiato, and Mango Iced Tea.
About This Recipe
Horchata coffee is the combination of 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 that is often prepared in summers with ingredients such as 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 all over the world.
This horchata iced coffee just like the strawberry horchata can be served at any time of the year. Be it hot or cold, it tastes great both ways. But personally, I prefer to make it cold 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 add store-bought horchata in your coffee too.
This Horchata Coffee is,
- Easy to make
- A Mexican favorite
- Perfect for summers
Rice – Use any white rice with nice fragrance to make this drink. My 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 some more nutrition goodness to this drink. Crushing the almonds slightly will make the grinding easier.
Cinnamon – Do not miss the cinnamon, because 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 (a Mexican sugar) instead.
Milk – Use whole milk for the best creamy texture.
Vanilla – Just a hint of vanilla extract will really make a difference in the flavour.
Others – 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 water, and 2 crushed cinnamon stick to the large jar of a high-speed blender and blend to make a coarse paste.
Add the remaining water to the jar and stir until combined. Transfer the mixture to a glass jug or a bowl and cover and keep on the countertop for 8-10 hours.
Strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer.
Add ½ cup sweetened condensed milk, 2 cups of whole milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract and ½ cup sugar and mix well. Refrigerate the drink for a few hours. Serve chilled with a few ice cubes. You can also heat it and serve warm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Just mix in brewed coffee in the store-bought horchata, add some ice cubes and your iced coffee horchata is ready.
You can also use cold brew and add it to the readymade horchata to make an instant version.
Just 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.
Put on some ice cubes and sip it on a hot summer day. Want to make it even more interesting for a cozy date night? Spike it with tequila, or rum for an adult version.
If you want to have a hot horchata, heat the same and serve it in mugs with a sprinkle of extra cinnamon on top.
Coffee horchata can be stored in the fridge for about 5 to 7 days in a glass container. Shake it well before serving it again.
You can even freeze it for about a month. Just thaw it in the refrigerator and enjoy it when it melts. Do not forget to give a stir. You can even freeze it in popsicle molds and enjoy it as ice lollies.
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Horchata Coffee Recipe
- 1 cup uncooked white rice
- 1 cup ground coffee
- ¼ cup almonds
- 4 cups water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup sugar
- Add 1 cup white rice, 1 cup ground coffee, ¼ cup crushed almonds, 1 cup water, and 2 crushed cinnamon stick to the large jar of a high-speed blender and blend to make a coarse paste.
- Add the remaining water to the jar and stir until combined. Transfer the mixture to a glass jug or a bowl and cover and keep on the countertop for 8-10 hours.
- Strain the mixture using a fine-mesh strainer.
- Add ½ cup sweetened condensed milk, 2 cups of whole milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract and ½ cup sugar and mix well. Refrigerate the drink for a few hours. Serve chilled with a few ice cubes. You can also heat it and serve it warm.