What is Horchata?


Horchata is a beverage available in central america and some south american countries. Horchata differs depending on which country you buy it in because different ingredients can be used to make horchata.

For example, in Mexico horchata is based on rice. In El Salvador, horchata doesn’t contain rice. Instead, it contains Morro, which is a plant native to central america.

How is it prepared?

Horchata can be bought in powder form at many supermarkets that has a latin foods section. Horchata is a mixture of the following ingredients:

  • Morro or Rice (depending on country)
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Water

It’s served cold, usually with ice.

What does horchata taste like?

When horchata is made with morro, is has a sweet, lightly malted-chocolately texture with a hint of cinnamon flavor. Keep in mind, it doesn’t contain chocolate.

When horchata is made with rice, it tastes like a sweet cinnamon/grain concoction. Although made from rice, which can make liquids thicker, horchata made from rice is chilled and it’s texture is very light and smooth.

About me:

I’m an avid traveller. Originally from the United States, I have backpacked Central America many times and I currently live in El Salvador.