Strawberry Horchata (horchata de fresa)

This strawberry horchata recipe is creamy, lightly sweet, and naturally dairy-free. A fun and healthy way to make one of the most popular Mexican drinks in just 15 minutes!

Two cups filled with strawberry horchata fresca and served with ice. Paper straws scattered around and a pitcher with more fresca behind. Luminous and white kitchen environment.

About this recipe

Horchata in Mexico is a tradition from our Spaniard heritage, you will find it in every restaurant, ice parlor and sold in the streets of almost every city. The authentic Mexican recipe is made of rice and cinnamon blended until a creamy mixture is achieved and used to make a refreshing drink.

Agua de horchata con fresas is the Spanish name for this preparation and is one of the most popular modern recipes for agua fresca in Mexico.

Most recipes include condensed or evaporated milk but we decided to make it dairy-free by adding almond milk instead, which makes this recipe vegan too.

Of course, you can always make it the old-fashioned way but if you have dairy intolerances or just want a more healthy version of strawberry horchata, try our recipe, I promise you will love it.

Strawberry horchata fresca on a pitcher and a box of fresh strawberries on the side. View from above.

Strawberry Horchata was one of my favorite drinks in Mexico and still is, so I try to make it often here where I live. My husband loves it and in summer is very common that we keep a jug with agua de horchata con fresa in the fridge to drink throughout the day.

The ingredients needed

  • RICE: For a Mexican authentic flavor, go with a long-grain type of rice. Mexican rice should be your first choice but other substitutions work fine too, such as Jasmine or Basmati rice.
  • MILK: You can use any kind of milk you want, for example, coconut milk adds a very delicious and tropical hint. Or oat milk for a creamy consistency. And, if you’d like to add other types of milk, we also have an easy recipe for homemade condensed milk here in our blog.
  • AROMA: We used a stick of cinnamon and vanilla extract in this recipe but you can also use other flavors like anise, almond, or orange extract. Just be easy on them, you don’t want to cover the wonderful strawberry taste.
  • SWEET: We used stevia on this recipe and since not everyone likes to add sugar to their beverages, this recipe is pretty easy to adjust to anybody’s preferences. Of course, you can use sugar, stevia, monk fruit, honey, etc.
Strawberry horchata ingredients labeled on a marble surface.

How To Wash Strawberries

  • Wash your strawberries only when you’re ready to make this recipe.
  • Fill a large bowl with 4 cups of water and 1/2 cup of vinegar.
  • Add strawberries to the bowl and soak for 15 minutes.
  • Place in a colander and wash thoroughly under cold water.
  • After washing, pat them dry with kitchen paper towels and use them as the recipe calls.
Fresh strawberries scattered on a white wooden surface.

Related: Why you should wash strawberries.

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, they are also rich in antioxidants which have benefits for heart health. Those sweet and juicy berries have also a decent amount of potassium and vitamin B9, and besides being delicious, they are low-carb.

So, let’s see the detailed recipe and make this delicious and authentic Mexican agua de horchata con fresas!

How To Make Strawberry Horchata

Rinse once or twice the rice under cold water. Place it in a large bowl and add the cinnamon stick. Add water until covered for about 2-inch (5cm) and let it soak for at least 4 hours or better yet, overnight.

Rice soaking on a bowl.

Add the soaked rice and cinnamon along with the soaking water to a blender. Blend it on high speed until it is completely smooth (about 3-4 minutes).

Rice blended.

Using a five sieve or a cheesecloth, strain the liquid into a large pitcher and discard the leftover pulp from rice and cinnamon.

Add 2/3 of the washed strawberries to the blender with the remaining water and blend until smooth. Strain into the pitcher with the rice water discarding any leftovers.

Add the almond milk, vanilla extract, and sugar/stevia to the pitcher and stir well until combined.

Mixing on the pitcher.

Chop the rest of the strawberries and add to the horchata, adjusting also the other ingredients to your liking (sugar, extracts).

Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let it cool for 1-2 hours. Or you can also prepare some glasses with crushed ice and serve this strawberry horchata immediately.

Glasses with strawberry horchata.

Useful Notes

  • Don’t add ice to the pitcher with the horchata because it will dilute and become less flavored, instead, add the ice to glasses and serve as you go.
  • If strawberries are not in season, you can also use frozen strawberries to make this fresca. You don’t even need to thaw them, just blend them with the other ingredients.
  • If you don’t have cinnamon sticks, you can use grounded cinnamon. 1 tablespoon should be enough for this strawberry horchata recipe.

Can be made ahead?

Absolutely! This recipe can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept in the fridge until served. Just make sure you place it in a pitcher well covered with a tight lid. If your pitcher doesn’t have one, use kitchen film and wrap the mouth tightly to prevent other smells from spoiling the drink.

Agua de horchata con fresas, aka, strawberry horchata. Served on a cup with handle.

Tweak it!

  • Add some diced mango or pineapple to the blend for a tropical touch.
  • Spike it up with a dash of booze for a grown-up drink.
  • Use packed brown sugar or piloncillo for a depth of flavor.

More Mexican frescas to try

strawberry horchata recipe

Strawberry Horchata

This strawberry horchata recipe is creamy, lightly sweet and also dairy-free! A fun and healthy way to make one of the most pupular Mexican drinks.
PREP 15 minutes
TOTAL 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Servings: 8 servings
Author: Maricruz

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 6 cups water
  • 10 oz strawberries
  • cup almond milk (or coconut, soy, oats milk)
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • stevia (or any sweetener you prefer)
  • crushed ice (to serve)

Instructions

  • Rinse the rice under cool water. Place it in a large bowl and add the cinnamon stick.
  • Add water until covered for about 2-inch (5cm) and let it soak for at least 4 hours or better yet, overnight.
  • Add the soaked rice and cinnamon along with the soaking water to a blender. Blend it on high until it is completely smooth (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Strain the liquid into a large pitcher and discard the leftover pulp.
  • Add ⅔ of the strawberries to the blender with half a cup of water and blend until smooth. Strain into the pitcher.
  • Add the almond milk, vanilla extract and stevia to taste. Stir well until combined.
  • Chop the rest of the strawberries and add to the horchata, adjusting also the other ingredients to your taste (sugar, extracts).
  • Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let it cool for 1-2 hours before serving. Or you can also serve with crushed ice on tall glasses immediately.

NOTES

  • Don’t add ice to the pitcher with the horchata because it will dilute and become less flavoured, instead, add the ice to glasses and serve as you go.
  • If strawberries are not in season, you can also use frozen strawberries to make this fresca. You don’t even need to thaw them, just blend them with the other ingredients.
  • If you don’t have cinnamon sticks, you can use grounded cinnamon. 1 tablespoon should be enough for this recipe.
Nutrition
Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    The only thing I included rice into a desser was the great “arroz con leche” that actually has lemmon, this similar recipe surprised me, it taste really good, refreshing and simple, not very into almod milk so indeed I used the regular one with no problem! 5/5 for me this recipe!

    1. Hi Vida, yes, for soaking the rice you will need about 4-5 cups of water, depending on the bowl capacity, then the rest is for blending the strawberries.