If you’ve never had a Vegan Dirty Horchata, what are you doing? Go soak some rice, cinnamon sticks, and almonds right now! Horchata is a Mexican drink made from soaking rice, cinnamon, and sometimes nuts. Then, it’s blended to make a milky drink that is sweetened with sugar. I’ve had my fair share of vegan Horchata and they were not good. I wanted to make it my own while also doing it justice. Horchata is a very simple drink that tastes absolutely amazing. Perfectly creamy and sweet. I know you’ll love it!

I decided to add an espresso shot to make this a Vegan Dirty Horchata because every thing is better with a little caffeine kick! While it’s not mandatory, it’s HIGHLY recommended! As for the rice, I used Jasmine because for some damn reason my grocery store has been out of all types of rice for a few weeks and Jasmine is all I had in my pantry. But, it tastes great with both types of rice so grab long grain white or jasmine and give it a try! I really hope you enjoy this recipe as much as Daniel and I did. It’s definitely going to be a staple in my home.


Servings: 6-8

Total Time: 8-10 hours inactive + 30 minutes active

  • 1 1/4 cup Long Grain White Rice, can sub Jasmine Rice
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3/4 cup Raw Almonds
  • 1 cup Organic White Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups Soy Milk, or almond
  • 3-4 cups Water
  • 1-2 Shots of Espresso or Strong Brewed Coffee, per drink
  • Ice, for serving


  • Place the rice, cinnamon sticks, and almonds in a container and cover entirely with water and cover with a lid. Let soak overnight at room temperature, around 8-10 hours.
  • Drain water using mesh strainer.
  • Place all soaked ingredients in a blender along with the sugar, salt, vanilla, and soy milk. Blend for a few minutes.
  • Stain through the mesh strainer to remove the bits of rice. I strained mine through the mesh strainer about 2 or 3 times. You may only need to do it once, depends on your stainer.
  • Then, add the 3-4 cups water. Stir well.
  • Place ice in a cup and pour in some Horchata. Then, add 1 or 2 shots of espresso and serve! Store extras in the fridge and enjoy.

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