Salted Chocolate Horchata

three glasses of chocolate horchata with almonds

5 from 1 reviews

This creamy and rich salted chocolate horchata is incredibly easy to make and deliciously indulgent! Unlike other horchatas, this chocolate horchata recipe uses both rice and almonds, which provides for a deeper and more complex nutty flavor. Adding a splash of Baileys and switching the cocoa powder to dark chocolate, elevates this simple and rich recipe to another level.




  1. In a blender, add the rice, almonds, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and water, then blend for about 1 minute on medium-high power until the rice and almonds have become almost granular in size. Transfer all of the blender contents (including everything that might have settled on the bottom) to a sealable container and let sit in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
  2. With a spoon, mix all of the ingredients, ensuring there is nothing settled on the bottom of the container. Pass the chocolate horchata through a fine mesh strainer and/or cheese cloth several times, until the preferred smooth consistency is reached.
  3. Create optional salted chocolate rim for each serving glass (see notes). In each serving glass add ice, a pinch of salt, and an optional ounce of Baileys, then pour in the chocolate horchata.


For the optional salted chocolate rim: Mix sea salt (or any other type of large chunky salt) with pinches of the cocoa powder until the desired color is reached. Pour about an ounce of Baileys on a flat small plate and the salt and chocolate cocoa mix on another small plate. Completely invert each glass, touching the glass rim onto the Baileys plate so the Baileys forms a solid ring around the glass opening. Keeping the Baileys rimmed glass opening pointed down, dip the wet rim into the plated salt and chocolate cocoa mix, making small circles in the salt ensuring the rim has had a chance to fully cling to the Baileys. Using a pitcher to fill each glass, carefully pour the chocolate horchata, to ensure the salted chocolate rim stays intact.

There is no nutritional information for this recipe because the software I use to analyze the ingredients could not accurately account for straining out the almonds and rice in step 2. Instead of putting inaccurate nutrition information, I decided to remove it all together. I hope you are able to enjoy this recipe, guilt-free!


Keywords: Chocolate Horchata, Horchata Cocktail