Horchata limeña (Lima horchata)

In general, the word horchata refers to a sweet beverage made with a special ingredient, rice or almonds, for example. The Lima horchata is a traditional recipe, but the best is that it’s very simple: you only need almonds, sugar and lime blossom water (if you like almonds, you can imagine how delicious it is). This recipe will let you have enough horchata for 4 people.


  • 200 g (7 oz) of almonds
  • 1/2 kg (1 lb) of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of lime blossom water
  • Sprinkling water
  • Boiling water (4 cups)
  • Ice cubes


Put the almonds in boiling water for some seconds. Remove from the water and let them cool down for 10 minutes. Peel and let them cool down again. Grind finely.

Take a bowl and pour 3 cups of boiling water. Add the ground almonds and cover; let it go down for 3 hours.

Strain (the grannys used a napkin, due the size of the almonds). You’ll get the famous leche de almendras (almonds milk).

Heat the sugar with a little of almonds milk to get a syrup. Let it cool down and pour the blossom water.

For serving, put ice in a glass, pour the horchata to the half and complete with sparkling water.

If you want to prepare horchata made with rice, soak 2 cups of rice in water for 2 hours. Then boil it and blend with 4 cups of water, powdered cinnamon, 2 cups of milk, sugar to one’s taste and ice cubes.

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