Holiday Horchata

on December 23 | in Celebrations, Cooking, Recipes | by | with No Comments

As a converted health nut (pun intended) there are some foods I miss dearly, not only because they are
D-E-L-I-C-O-U-S, but also because of the nostalgia associated with them.

In the summer I crave cookie dough ice cream, when I’m watching a movie I want that movie theater popcorn with that delicious buttery slop on top of it and when the holiday season comes around I dream of old school eggnog.

This year I decided to go ahead and try to marry this childhood romance to one of my new favorite (and healthy) drinks: Horchata. Turns out they make a great couple! I’m happy to share the recipe to this successful marriage:


  • 3 C. uncooked white rice
  • 3 qts. filtered water
  • 4 sticks of cinnamon
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 C. Tehini Drink
  • ¼ cup agave
  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


  • Pour about half the water and all the rice into a blender, and blend for one minute.
  • Pour this blended rice water into a gallon-sized pitcher or glass jar. Add the remaining water, cinnamon sticks, anise, and cloves and let stand at room temperature overnight, covered. (You could let it sit for as little as three hours, but then your holiday horchata won’t be nearly as flavorful)
  • Strain the rice water into a blender or tall container. I suggest using a double fine mesh strainer or a piece of thick cheese cloth.
  • Blend in the remaining ingredients
  • Garnish with fresh ground nutmeg or cinnamon and/or cinnamon sticks
  • Served chilled or warm if it’s fresh (this recipe does not re-heat well)

I realize eggnog is not a favorite for everyone, but even if it’s not yours I dare you to try out this recipe and let me know what you think!

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