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How to Make a Horchata Latte

A glass of horchata with an anise star floating on top.

With the flair of cinnamon, a bit of spice, and a comforting taste of almonds, horchata has become a popular drink over the years for good reason, and now with the addition of a splash of espresso coffee, we have another reason: the horchata latte. Served either with ice or not, horchata lattes are a cozy beverage that anyone can enjoy. 

What Coffee Should You Choose When Making a Horchata Latte?

For a horchata latte you have two options:

Espresso

The more traditional choice of this untraditional recipe, a shot of espresso adds a complex layer and buzz to your horchata. We would recommend our Pavoni Espresso flavor. With a supremely strong flavor, the Pavoni is a blended dark roast that offers a rich creamy body and notes of cocoa, which combine with the smooth blend of horchata to create an addicting drink that can be served cold in the summer and hot in the winter. This horchata latte recipe is a win-win either way! 

A cup of espresso being brewed

Strong Coffee

An equally delicious (and just as easy) option for turning your horchata into a horchata latte is a strong cup of coffee! Either made from a Keurig pod or coffee grounds, a strong cup of coffee can be divided between four cups of horchata (you can add more coffee, depending on your preference). We would recommend our flavors Bold & Brazen or Bold & Brilliant. Both of these blends offer a dark rich flavor. The Bold & Brazen has a smokey cocoa finish, while the Bold & Brilliant has a caramel undertone. Either way, you’re in for a treat! Which one will you choose? 

Equipment 

High Powered Blender

Espresso Maker (or a coffee maker

Large Bowl 

4 Mugs

Cheesecloth or Fine Mesh Strainer 

Ingredients 

1 Cup of Long Grain Rice

2 Cups of Water 

1.5 Teaspoons of Cinnamon 

1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract 

3 Cups of Milk

Condensed Milk 

4 Shots of Espresso or 1 Strong Cup of Coffee 

3 Cups of Ice Cubes 

Instructions 

  1. Rinse your rice thoroughly until the water runs clear.
  2. Combine the white rice and water in the large bowl. You can soak the rice for four hours but it’s recommended to let the rice soak overnight in a refrigerator. 
  3. Pour both the rice and soaking water into your high-powered blender, along with your cinnamon, vanilla, milk, and sugar.
  4. Blend the whole mixture on high for about two to three minutes, until the texture is fairly smooth.
  5. Filter your horchata mix through the cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer, making sure to filter out any remaining bits of solid rice. 
  6. Fill your four mugs with ice and make your coffee or espresso.
  7. Pour in your horchata mix and then top it off with coffee of your choice, adding condensed milk if you like it a little sweeter. And that’s it! Enjoy your delicious iced horchata latte!

When Should I Make Horchata Lattes? 

Whenever you want! Is it raining or snowing outside? A warm horchata latte will make you forget how cold it is. How about if the sun is beating down on you? Sounds like it’s time to add some ice, grab some sunscreen and other summer essentials, and kick it at the beach. A horchata latte can be a sweet way to start your workday, or a relaxing way to end your Sunday dinner, the choice is yours! Any way you choose, we would love to see your latte skills (does anybody know any latte art?), so why not share them with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter? We would love to see what you do with this delicious drink. 

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