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Naturally Sweetened Horchata Cocktails

Naturally Sweetened Horchata Cocktails combine homemade horchata with booze for a creamy, dreamy adult beverage! Refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and delicious!
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Nothing to see here, folks…just your favorite rice drink with a shot (or several) of liquor. A cocktail that happens to be lightened up, not too sweet, not too frilly…


You guys, I had an Ego Check on Aisle 3 the other day.

LITRALLY as I was walking through the grocery store. Okay, it may have been aisle 7…I don’t recall the aisle number, but that’s neither here nor there.

As I was pitter pattering around the grocery, tra la la, mid-ego stroke, thinking to myself I’m such a genius for adding alcohol to horchata, I happened upon a ginormous RumChata display.


Not only did the visual make me realize I’m not the first and last person on the planet to add alcohol to horchata, but it made me go, “Dude, why didn’t I think of rum?”

Perhaps tequila? Why not tequila? Definitely not tequila, tequila makes you a crazy person… no one likes a crazy person… everyone likes crazy people… where are my keys? I’ve lost my phone… tequila makes her clothes fall off…

Perhaps we should stick with the bourbon.

Point is, horchata cocktails are apparently a thing, and if you ask me, virtually any liquor will work.

Even vodka. Why not vodka? Definitely vodka to get yourself a little Horchata Russian action all up in your Big Lebowski.

I swear, I’m not drunk.

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Do you remember when I showed you my exceedingly untraditional approach to Horchata a while back?

The easy-to-make horchata that doesn’t require you to wait overnight for your rice to soak? The same horchata that happens to be dairy-free and sweetened with pure maple syrup? Yup! That’s the one!

I added booze to it in order to make a super fresh and swanky cocktail for us to share on Cinco de Mayo.

I look forward to Cinco de Mayo every year because Mexican food is one of my favorite cuisines.

Any meat, any cheese, any salsa, all the refried beans, just lay it on me thick and spicy! And while we’re at it: some bebidas frescas to go along with our lenga flautas, carne asada con pico de gallo con queso fresco con ay ay ay caramba!

What’s food without drink and what’s a burrito without an horchata?

If you’re cooking in for CDM this year and are looking for some healthy (or healthier-ish) Mexican-inspired menu items, try these on for size!

Mexican-Inspired Meals:

…and warsh it all down with a chilled glass of boozy horchata!

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Naturally Sweetened Horchata Cocktails

Turn your homemade horchata into a delicious creamy cocktail with these naturally sweetened horchata cocktails!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
2 Cocktails


  • 1 cup homemade horchata, 8 ounces
  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup


  • Fill a shaker with ice and add the horchata, bourbon and maple syrup. Shake well and serve with a dash of ground cinnamon!


You may also use rum instead of whiskey or agave nectar instead of maple syrup


Serving: 1Cocktail - Calories: 249kcal - Carbohydrates: 25g - Fat: 1g - Sugar: 20g
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cocktail recipes, horchata, horchata cocktails, rumchata
Servings: 2 Cocktails
Calories: 249kcal
Author: Julia
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Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

Yum! I wish I had a glass of this to cheers you today on Cinco de Mayo! These photos are insanely pretty Julia!


Saturday 2nd of May 2015

I feel like I really love both horchatas and bourbon and white russians SO MUCH, I would really be in trouble around these. But the best kind of trouble.


Thursday 30th of April 2015

I LOVE horchata! I used to work at a restaurant that sold it and had a big stock of horchata powder and I used to steel it so I could make it at home! And I'm embarrassed to admit that that was not too long ago! Adding alcohol sounds like a very delicious and dangerous idea, but I'm all for it! And I'm guessing these homemade ones are so much better than already bottled ones :)


Friday 1st of May 2015

Horchata powder?!!! Now THAT is an invention I can stand behind! And girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to forge her way in this world, even if that means borrowing a little horchata powder ;)

Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk)

Thursday 30th of April 2015

These look so good! I love horchata and a shot of bourbon cannot hurt.

Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes

Thursday 30th of April 2015

Yes!! That drink looks super good (and gorgeous pictures!!) and would go really well with all those recipes you linked up. I want to make your roasted veggie tacos with the cashew crema!! Thanks for helping me get my holiday set! :)

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