Chai Horchata


2/3 cups long grain white rice
3 cups warm water for soaking
1 2-inch cinnamon stick
¾ cup granulated sugar or honey (I liked the honey, but the sugar is morning traditional)
2 cups 2% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch nutmeg
1 pinch cardamom


1. Place the dry rice in a food processor or blender and grind it until it the consistency of corn meal. Then transfer it to a bowl with the warm water, add the cinnamon stick, and let the rice soak overnight.

2. The next morning (or at least 8 hours later), remove the cinnamon stick and puree the mixture until it is perfectly smooth. Then strain it into a bowl through a fine mesh strained lined with cheesecloth. Press the rice down to get as much of the liquid out as possible.

3. Stir in the sugar (or honey), milk, vanilla, nutmeg, and cardamom until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into two tall glasses and serve.

Naptime Notes

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This drink also tastes great over ice!

Naptime Stopwatch

8 hours prep time (including soaking), 10 minutes finishing time

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This might be my new favorite icy start to summer mornings!

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