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Instant Pot Horchata Step by Step recipe

Instant Pot Horchata

Horchata, a delicious and refreshing drink made in Spain and Latin America, is perfect for a hot summer day. This quick and easy Instant Pot Horchata is inspired by the Mexican rice-based Horchata, and is made in under 30 minutes!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Time for Instant Pot to build pressure 8 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 206kcal
Author Shinta


  • 1 cup rice
  • 3.5 cups of water + 3.5 cups water Separated (see notes on 'Burn' notice trigger, and adjust water accordingly)
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4-5 tablespoons sugar
  • ice


  • Measure out 1 cup of rice (I used basmati rice). Wash the rice 2-3 times, until the water runs clear.
  • Rise out the water and add the rice to a blender, along with 3.5 cups of water and 1 cinnamon stick.
  • Pulse a few times, until the rice is coarsely ground and the cinnamon stick is broken up. You don’t want the rice to be finely ground, else it will overcook in the Instant Pot and can trigger a Burn notice.
  • Add the contents of the blender to the Instant Pot, and cook it at ‘Manual’ for 1 minute.
  • After 1 minute, hit ‘Cancel’ and perform a quick release of pressure.
  • Immediately, add 3.5 cups of water, followed by 1 cup of milk to the contents of the IP.
  • Stir well, and add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and stir again.
  • Strain the contents of the IP through a sieve (preferably, use a fine mesh sieve), into a large bowl.
  • Add 4-5 tablespoons of sugar (you can add less or more as per your sweet preference). Stir to dissolve.
  • Add ice and keep the bowl in the fridge to chill.
  • Serve in glasses topped with more ice, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.


  • Avoiding the 'Burn' notice - Certain newer models of the Instant Pot can trigger a Burn warning sooner than others, as they are more sensitive to residue that may stick to the base of the IP. If this happens to your device, increase the amount of water in the Instant Pot when cooking the rice. 
  • You can replace milk with 1/2 a can of condensed milk, for a thicker version of horchata.
  • For a vegan option, replace regular milk with almond milk. 


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg