Diego’s Authentic Mexican Grill’s Homemade Horchata

Horchata is an old world drink that was enjoyed by the Aztecs. Today, this is served

throughout Mexico, as well as in many authentic Mexican restaurants in the United

States. Horchata makes for a cool and soothing enhancement to spicy foods and

some people say it reminds them of Chai.

Diego’s Authentic Mexican Grill is located at 300 N Samish Way in Bellingham. Stop

in during spring and summer and enjoy the outdoor patio, and enjoy their famous

fish tacos.


  • 2 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 ¼ tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar


  • Put rice in a blender and grind to a powder about 2-3 minutes. Grind to as smooth as possible.
  • Combine sugar and warm water. Make sure sugar dissolves fully into water, then add cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Put 1/2 cup ground rice into a blender, and add about a quarter of the liquid mixture. Blend for 30 seconds, or until well-mixed. Strain into a container, then repeat this step until all of the rice and liquid is used.
  • Let sit five minutes, then strain once more. Cover and refrigerate.

Horchata will keep for several days if refrigerated. Serve it chilled in tall glasses over ice.