For the lactose intolerant, horchata is a dream beverage. It is so sweet and delicious and can be made entirely without any dairy products.
This drink is one that has gone on to inspire so many wonderful desserts thanks to its rich and decadent flavor. While horchata is often served as a beverage on its own, I think coffee drinkers would agree that it is better in latte form. For me, that is where horchata achieved perfection as a drink.
I have to confess that I have a little horchata latte obsession. This is just the perfect dessert drink to finish off a meal with, and I like to make it myself. You can do the same and not have to take a trip to the coffee shop just to get your horchata latte fix. I am going to share with you my method for how to make a horchata latte at home.
What Is a Horchata Latte?
Maybe this drink is unfamiliar to you or you would just like to learn more about where it came from and how it has evolved. I think you might appreciate it a bit more if you know those kinds of details.
Most people know horchata as a Mexican beverage, and it is very popular in that part of the world, though its fame has certainly spread to other countries in a big way. You can get horchata in latte or non-latte form throughout the United States and Europe, as well as much of Central and South America.
You might be surprised to know that horchata actually has Spanish origins, though. This drink was one that has been around since the time of the Roman Empire, so we’re talking at least 2,000 years ago.
Horchata is made from plant-based milks, often derived from nuts and then sweetened to make it more palatable. It may have been originally made with barley, but the predominant horchata drinks we find today are typically made from various kinds of sweetened nuts or rice.
Horchata can be different depending on where in the world you are, but it tends to be quite sweet and is usually used to make dessert-type drinks. The horchata latte can be as simple as horchata plant milk mixed with coffee. Like any quality coffee drink, there is a right and wrong way to make it. Everybody has their preferences as to how they like their coffee to be made and how sweet or bitter they want it, but
I will share with you my method for making homemade horchata latte. You can always make your own modifications to it to personalize it more to your liking. I just want to give you a method to work from.
How to Make Horchata Latte
The recipe I am going to share with you is for a fine coffee drink, so you will need some specialized coffee making equipment to make this according to these specifications. Not all of the steps I am going to share with you are necessary for a very basic horchata drink, but if you want the full experience and you prefer exquisitely-made coffee where you can taste all the different notes, then this is probably the method you will want to use.
The equipment I recommend is a coffee maker or espresso maker, a cheesecloth, and a blender, as well as a bowl and some mugs. You should get all of that out ahead of time to make things easier on yourself.
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup of long grain rice
- 3 cups of milk
- 1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 4 shots of espresso (or a cup of strong coffee)
- 3 cups of ice cubes
- Condensed milk (for added flavor)
- Rinse the rice, making sure that the water is running clear before you stop.
- Put the rice into the bowl with your water and then let the rice soak for about four hours. You could also let it soak overnight instead.
- Pour the water and the rice from the bowl into the blender, and then add in cinnamon, milk, and vanilla.
- Blend for about 2- 2 ½ minutes until everything is somewhat smooth.
- Use the cheesecloth to filter your mixture (a fine mesh strainer works as well). This helps get rid of any solid rice.
- Make up your coffee or espresso.
- Add ice to the mugs and then pour in horchata mix and coffee. You can add some condensed milk to make it even sweeter.
What Is an Iced Horchata Latte?
Most horchata lattes are made with ice, like the recipe I gave you above. You can add more ice to suit your tastes, or you could make this as a hot beverage. Be aware that ice will dilute the flavor of the horchata, however, so you may prefer to cut back on the ice or make the drink a different way.
If you want the full flavor of the horchata latte and you want it cold but don’t want any chunks of ice, then you can always take your ingredients and chill them. Just leave out the ice and refrigerate your ingredients for a couple of hours. Once you take it out of the fridge, it should be well chilled.
What Is Green Tea Horchata Latte?
A green tea horchata latte is also known as a matcha latte. It uses matcha powder, typically, to give the drink its distinct green look and green tea flavor.
You can make this beverage very similarly to the way you made the horchata latte up above. The main difference is the addition of matcha powder. One tablespoon is all you need for the drink, and you can add the matcha powder at the step where you mix everything in the blender. Just make the rest of the drink according to the directions above.
Once the drink is complete, it will have a bright green look and will provide all those great green tea benefits. As with the horchata latte, this green tea version is meant to be served chilled or iced.
There are a number of ways to make horchata lattes, and I have only given you a couple. Feel free to experiment or check out other variations online. People have so many good ideas for making this drink really special. You can add all sorts of lavish sweet things to it to make it more of a dessert or cut out the dairy products entirely to make it suitable for the lactose intolerant.
It can also be made with different coffees. The way you prefer your coffee will likely inform how you make this drink, and don’t let my preferences on coffee making change what you love about your own coffee and how it is made when you are preparing a horchata latte at home.
My name is Ellis Francis and I have been a personal fitness trainer, sports nutritionalist and health and fitness advisor for over 25 years. I am the lead health and fitness advisor at https://awellnessbody.com.