Orchata (Ground Rice Drink)

Published on March 27, 2014 by Carol

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Tribal Affiliation: Cherokee (born and raised in San Antonio, Texas)

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Orgin of Recipe: Offered by Offered by Susan Marie Smith-Kennedy …who learned this from a Family recipe

Type of Dish: Contemporary & Traditional


  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Long Grain Rice
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Large Capacity Blender (7-8 Cups)
  • 4 Cups Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Directions:
    Place rice in a bowl with enough hot water to cover. Let sit overnight on counter.
    Next day, remove the water. Place rice, 1/2 cup fresh water and 2 cups milk in a blender until rice is all ground up.
    Add sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Blend.
    Add the remaining two cups milk, and 1/2 cup water. Blend.
    Strain through thickly layered cheesecloth (more than once may be necessary; do NOT squeeze the cloth).
    Chill and serve. Makes approx. 6 cups.

    Note: This is a favorite for youngsters of all ages. Also, the rice starch in this drink is an excellent way to “put out the fire” on your tongue while eating hot/spicy meals. In summertime, add crushed ice to drink to make a slushy.

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