Recipe Redux: Almond White Hot Chocolate

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely places. Earlier this month, I was invited to participate in a Google Glass demo preview. (If you didn’t know, I tend to geek out on new technology.)  At the Glass event, we were greeted with Mexican horchata (pronounced or-CHA-tah). While familiar with the drink, I always thought it was made with milk. I was excited to learn that horchata is traditionally a non-dairy beverage made of soaked ground rice, almonds and cinnamon. Sound good? It is!

Preparing this creamy beverage involves a couple days of grinding and soaking the rice and almonds to get the right consistency. Unfortunately, my trip to Europe and work obligations this month, didn’t leave time to make traditional horchata. So I’m sharing my spin…
It combines my love for white chocolate with the warm spices of Mexican horchata. It’s an easy and delicious way to get through these last few weeks of our wonky winter!
Take a moment. Try it tonight while reading your favorite magazine, writing or indulging in a little TV time.

Almond White Hot Chocolate

Cook Time5 mins
Servings: 1


  • 8 oz plain almond milk
  • 1/2 ounce white chocolate
  • Dash cinnamon
  • Drop vanilla extract


  • Heat the almond milk over medium heat in a small pot.
  • Break the white chocolate into the warm almond milk. Whisk until completely melted.
  • Add the cinnamon. Whisk until blended.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat.
  • Add a drop of vanilla and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired.
  • Pour into your favorite mug.
  • Sip and savor, preferably with fuzzy socks on!


For the best results, use a good quality white chocolate and pure vanilla extract.
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10 Comments on Recipe Redux: Almond White Hot Chocolate

  1. diane boyd
    February 22, 2014 at 8:36 AM (5 years ago)
    Oh, that does sound good! Reply
    • Marisa
      February 22, 2014 at 8:56 AM (5 years ago)
      Thanks and thanks for stopping by, Diane! Reply
  2. BeccaHeflin
    February 22, 2014 at 1:29 PM (5 years ago)
    This sounds like the perfect drink to get me through the rest of the Wisconsin winter, Marisa! PINNED :) It was a fun #RecipeRedux theme! Reply
    • Marisa
      February 22, 2014 at 7:51 PM (5 years ago)
      So glad to hear it! Felt a little odd making it in Atlanta where it's now in the 60s. I'm sure we have some cool nights left though. Reply
  3. Genevieve Yam
    February 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM (5 years ago)
    Yum! I've always wanted to learn how to make horchata. Can't wait to try this! Reply
  4. Danielle Omar
    February 22, 2014 at 5:38 PM (5 years ago)
    So interesting about the rice! This looks warm and cozy.... Reply
    • Marisa
      February 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM (5 years ago)
      It is right?! Such a delicious combo! Reply
  5. Serena Ball
    February 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM (5 years ago)
    Yes...when will this 'wonky winter' end? I love how your recipe calls for fuzzy socks...will oblige. (: Reply
  6. Eat Chic
    February 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM (5 years ago)
    I don't have the patience to make homemade horchata, so this looks like the perfect substitution! Who can say no to white chocolate anyways? :) Reply
    • Marisa
      February 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM (5 years ago)
      Ummm. Clearly not me :) Reply

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