[ awr-chah-tuh ]

  1. a chilled drink of Spain and Latin America, made from rice milk or any of various nut milks, sweetened and typically flavored with cinnamon or vanilla.

Origin of horchata

First recorded in 1820–30; from Spanish, ultimately from Latin hordeum “barley,” perhaps through an intermediary such as Italian, Medieval Latin, or Mozarabic; see orgeat

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How to use horchata in a sentence

  • I got a bucket of horchata, too, an ice-cold rice drink that's like watery, semi-sweet rice-pudding (better than it sounds).

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • He washed it down with a quart of a cinnamon/rice drink called horchata that was served ice-cold and did wonders for his hangover.

    Makers | Cory Doctorow
  • Another esteemed cooling beverage is the horchata de chufas, a kind of cream made from pounded cypress root and then half frozen.

    Spanish Vistas | George Parsons Lathrop
  • I got carne asada and she got shredded chicken and we each got a big cup of horchata.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • The family, for reasons of economy, thought of the horchata from a near-by restaurant.

    Luna Benamor | Vicente Blasco Ibez