Starbucks Horchata Frappuccino

Cool down with a copycat Starbucks Horchata Frappuccino any time of the year with this recipe.

homemade Starbucks horchata frappuccino in a glass

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Starbucks Frappuccinos

Starbucks has a large line-up of frappuccino drinks. Some are seasonal, like the smores frappuccino. Some are offered year-round. Ones like their caramel, vanilla bean, and double chocolate chip frappuccinos are offered all the time. I know you are going to find the Starbucks Horchata Frappuccino completely refreshing, and it happens to be dairy-free.

Recently Starbucks introduced a new frappuccino to their menu – the horchata frappuccino!

What is Horchata?

Horchata is a traditional Mexican drink made with rice and cinnamon. The rice is steeped overnight in water to create the base of the drink. It is rich, creamy and so refreshing served over ice.

top of a horchata frappuccino

Horchata without Rice

Although this frappuccino is named after the rice drink, Starbucks says it is “inspired” by horchata and not a copycat drink recipe. They do not use rice in their version and instead of milk, they use almond milk in the mix. The almond milk creates an almost rice-like flavor and makes this frappuccino dairy-free!

Since the Starbucks Horchata Frappuccino drink recipe does not use rice, it is easy to make at home whenever you want! You may even have most of the ingredients in your home. Almond milk may be the only thing that you may have to buy since it’s the most unique ingredient in the recipe.

Cinnamon Dolce Syrup

This frappuccino is great for anyone who enjoys the cinnamon dolce latte drink that Starbucks offers. It uses the same syrup to create the horchata-inspired flavor.

You can make the syrup at home and always have it on hand. The recipe makes more than you will need for the frappuccino, so be sure to save it for later!

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make cinnamon dolce syrup:

  • Light brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Water

Here’s what you need to make a horchata frappuccino:

  • Almond milk
  • Vanilla ice cream or ice
  • Cinnamon dolce syrup
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • Ground cinnamon for garnish

How to Make Starbucks Horchata Frappuccino

  1. Simmer brown sugar, cinnamon, and water in a small saucepan for 5 minutes, or until the syrup is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  2. Remove it from the heat and allow the syrup to cool completely.
  3. Place almond milk, ice cream (or ice), and cinnamon dolce syrup in a blender.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Pour the frappuccino into a glass and top it with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired.
horchata frappuccino topped with whipped cream and cinnamon

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homemade Starbucks horchata frappuccino in a glass

Starbucks Horchata Frappuccino

The Starbucks Horchata Frappe is a cool and creamy drink you just have to try.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Horchata Frappuccino, Starbucks Horchata Frappuccino, Starbucks Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 494kcal


To make the cinnamon dolce syrup

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup water

To make the frappuccino drink

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream you can use just ice
  • 3-4 tablespoons cinnamon dolce syrup
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Syrup Directions

  • In a small saucepan, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together.
  • Add the water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.
  • Remove syrup from the heat and allow it to cool completely.
  • Store the syrup in an airtight container.

Frappuccino Directions

  • Place almond milk, ice cream (or ice), and cinnamon dolce syrup in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour the frappuccino in a glass.
  • Top with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired.


Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 466mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 72g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Calcium: 469mg | Iron: 2.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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