VIDEO: Spiked horchata recipe

May 1, 2014 at 3:00 a.m. ET

This Mexican mainstay of sweetened milk, vanilla and cinnamon might be the perfect drink to pair with rum for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Spiked horchata recipe

Serves 4


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup rice or almond flour (
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark or light rum (optional)
  • Ice cubes
  • Ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks for garnish


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the whole milk and cinnamon stick to a simmer.
  2. Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Whisk in the condensed milk, flour and vanilla extract.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve, and stir in the rum, if using.
  6. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses.
  7. Garnish with ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks.

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