Horchata Con Espresso

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Horchata is a traditional beverage made from rice, almonds, sesame seeds, and chufa. While the uniquely flavored drink originated in Valencia, Spain, it is now common throughout Europe and South America. In Mexico, horchata is often flavored with lime, cinnamon, and sugar, and served over ice; the refreshing treat is offered in restaurants and is sold by street vendors throughout major cities. The deliciously sweet taste of horchata pairs well with coffee – we know that you will love our variation of horchata con espresso!  

What You Will Need:

Cooking pot or pan



Large mixing bowl




  • 2 ounces brewed Mandela Coffee (while we recommend espresso for this recipe, you can alternatively use 1 cup of brewed coffee)
  • Ice


  • 1/5 cup almonds
  • 1/6 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2.5 cups water (1.5 cups hot water, 1 cup cold water)


  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/6 cup water


Day One.

  1. Place almonds in a pot and fill with water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, and let boil for one minute.
  2. Drain the almonds and rinse with cold water. Remove skins. Dry the almonds, and toast them in a dry skillet over medium heat until lightly browned.
  3. Blend the raw rice in a blender until a fine powder is obtained.
  4. Pour the rice powder and almonds into a large bowl. Add 3 cups of hot water and cinnamon stick. Let the mixture cool. Cover with plastic wrap, and let stand overnight – do not refrigerate!

Day Two.

  1. Prepare the syrup: Combine 1/3 cups sugar and 1/6 water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, and boil until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  1. Pour your horchata mixture into blender, adding 2 cups of cold water. Blend until smooth.
  2. Carefully strain the mixture into a bowl or pitcher using a fine meshed strainer.  
  3. Stir the syrup into the remaining mixture.
  4. Brew a batch of espresso with an espresso maker, following the instructions included with your model. You may alternatively use plain black coffee.
  5. Stir approximately 2 ounces of espresso (or approximately 1 cup of brewed coffee) into the mixture.
  6. Refrigerate.
Serve your horchata con espresso over ice. Enjoy!


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