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Cardamom Horchata

Prep Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Spanish
Keyword: cardamom horchata
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 223kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 1/2 cup white long grain basmati rice
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 3-5 cardamom pods (see note)
  • 1/2 cup full fat sweetened condensed milk
  • cinnamon


  • In a blender, puree the rice, water and cardamom pods for a minute on full power. Allow the mixture to steep for at least 2 hours.
  • Strain the liquid into a measuring cup or bowl through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag. Discard the rice and cardamom.
  • Whisk the sweetened condensed milk into the liquid and pour into two glasses. Top each with a dash of cinnamon.


If your cardamom pods are older, you will probably want to use 5 of them to get the best flavor. If the pods are very fresh, use 3-4 of them.


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 242mg | Iron: 0.9mg