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Easy horchata recipe

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This easy horchata recipe makes the most of the almonds that will soon be ready for picking here at Spain Buddy Heights. Horchata comes from the Valencian part of Spain and is especially popular during the summer. Don’t waste your time with shop bought versions when it is so easy to make your own. Good luck!

Easy horchata recipe

There are so many versions of horchata… for example tiger nuts or rice instead of almonds… but we promised you easy Spanish recipes on this website, and that is what you will always get.

This serves two, so multiply it up for more guests. You will also need to prepare the first part the day before you want to drink it – so plan ahead!

Ingredients for horchata

  • 250 grams of ground almonds
  • 1 litre water or milk – depends how healthy you want to be
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Cocoa powder for decoration


  • Stir the ground almonds into the water
  • Cover and pop in the fridge overnight
  • The next day, strain the liquid into a saucepan through the finest sieve you have. If you can get muslin, even better. Kitchen roll is too fine as I discovered to my peril.
  • Lob in the sugar and cinnamon
  • Slowly bring to the boil and simmer for just a couple of minutes
  • Leave to chill
  • Pour into ice filled glasses and sprinkle the top with cocoa powder. I use Cola Cao, a drinking chocolate we always have in the house here in Spain. It’s not as bitter as proper cocoa but just as nice in my opinion
  • Enjoy!

Spain Buddy Verdict

  • Elle: “While I was making it, it looked vile… and the final consistency like watery ‘vileness’ when done too, although I enjoyed the flavour. It was much better with milk”
  • Alan: “I ain’t drinking that ****!”

Spain Buddy tips

  • Try using a good tablespoon of honey instead of the sugar
  • Grate chocolate on top as you serve instead of using cocoa
  • Pop a shot of Amaretto into a glass before pouring your horchata in for a cheeky boost
  • Pop a shot of espresso in each glass for a caffeine boost
  • If you use milk for yours instead of water, try using the horchata instead of milk in sweet recipes such as rice pudding – it adds an extra level to your dishes
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One Response to Easy horchata recipe

  1. suesharpe04 July 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks for that! I’ve only ever tried/been offered chufa before (definitely spit not swallow) – will certainly be trying this – just got to mill some almonds…………. :-)

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