Vanilla Bean Horchata Coffee Recipe

If you’ve been looking for a new drink to shake up your standard coffee fix, look no further than a cup of Vanilla Bean Horchata Coffee.

It’s a good step away from your normal ho-hum cuppa, without being some wildly exotic beverage that you can assume will be “an experience”… but that you probably won’t like.

To the contrary, this vanilla bean horchata recipe will simultaneously scratch your itch for adventure and leave your traditional tastebuds satisfied.

Vanilla Bean Horchata Iced Coffee

The Vanilla Bean Horchata Iced coffee is the perfect drink to shake up your standard coffee fix. This powerfully delicious drink is a showstopper that will leave both you and any guests you serve it to longing for more! 

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Vanilla Bean Horchata Iced Coffee Recipe
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 12 kcal


  • 1 part cold brew
  • 1 part horchata
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • ground cinnamon (optional)


  1. Add equal parts cold brew and horchata to a glass

  2. Optional: Add whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon

What is a Horchata?

So, what exactly is a horchata, then?

In short, it’s a drink popular in Mexico, though it seems to have originated first in Egypt before making its way to Spain, and then over to the Americas via the conquistadors!

While each horchata tends to be different from the next, they are primarily made from water combined with rice, nuts, or seeds, and then further mixed with things like cinnamon or sugar.

It’s traditionally a dairy-free drink, but this recipe will mix in some whole milk to give it a richer flavor.

How to Make a Vanilla Bean Horchata Coffee

This drink boils down to two parts: the horchata and the cold brew coffee. There are a couple of long steps involved, so plan to drink it either the next day, or much later in the same day.

Note: This recipe is “party-sized”, making a whopping 6 servings!


The Cold Brew

  • 2 cups room temperature water
  • 57 grams of coffee

The Horchata

  • 1 ⅓ cups uncooked long grain white rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste

Other Items:

  • Mason jar with lid
  • Mesh strainer
  • Filter
  • Blender
  • Cheesecloth
  • Bottle or jar (to store it in)
  • A glass


We’re going to break this one up into three parts: the cold brew, the horchata, and the Vanilla Bean Horchata Coffee drink!

Making the Cold Brew

  1. Grind the coffee at a very coarse grind setting, so that it ends up the size of breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the coarsely ground coffee and room temperature water to your Mason jar. Make sure to stir it up well so that all of the grounds are wet. Screw on the lid.
  3. Let the jar sit for 12 to 24 hours.
  4. Once the cold brew is ready, use the cheesecloth to remove the grounds.
  5. Then, use a paper or cloth filter to further strain the mixture.
  6. You should now have a beautiful cold brew concentrate, ready for your Vanilla Bean Horchata Coffee!

Extra Notes:

  • If you want to see the full breakdown of this process, check out our article on How to Make Cold Brew in a Mason Jar. Or, if you’re looking for a cold brew method that’s more convenient than a Mason jar, consider getting an OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker, if you’re interested in fast-tracking this part of the process!
  • The longer you let your cold brew sit, the stronger it will taste. Consider making two identical batches and leaving them for different lengths of time to determine how strong you prefer it!

Making the Horchata

  1. Place the water, rice, and cinnamon sticks into your blender, and blend until the mixture is nice and chunky. When the rice is mostly all broken down into “smaller-than-rice” pieces, you’ll know it’s ready.
  2. Let this mixture sit for at least 3 hours. However, if you’re waiting for the cold brew anyways, it doesn’t hurt to give it a longer chunk of time.
  3. Once it’s done sitting, strain out the rice and cinnamon using the cheesecloth.
  4. Squeeze out the cheesecloth to get as much flavour from the mixture as you can!
  5. Add the milk, sugar, and vanilla bean paste. Blend or whisk until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Pour it into your storage jar and keep it in the refrigerator. It should last for several days.

Making the Vanilla Bean Horchata Coffee

  1. Add equal parts cold brew and horchata to your glass.
  2. Add whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or both!
  3. That’s it. You’re done! Sit back and enjoy your new favorite drink.

¡Salud! enjoy the perfect Vanilla Bean Horchata Iced Coffee

This powerfully delicious drink is a showstopper that will leave both you and any guests you serve it to longing for more!

Don’t forget, too, if you’re looking for ways to simplify the process of whipping up a Vanilla Bean Horchata Coffee, consider that OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker! It can be helpful when it comes to streamlining the cold brew coffee making process.

If you’ve tried the recipe, we want to hear how your experience went. Comment below and let us know!

And if you liked it, please consider sharing so others can give it a try as well.

More exotic drinks, here! Try our recipes for a Salted Caramel Iced CoffeeBlood Orange Infused Cold Brew and Suzette Iced Coffee.

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