The Speckled Palate
July 15, 2015

{Dairy Free} Spiced Rum Horchata Pops

Cool down on a hot summer’s day with Spiced Rum Horchata Pops! These vegan popsicles are cinnamon-y, creamy and utterly decadent as an afternoon (or evening) treat.

Vegan Spiced Rum Horchata Pops // The Speckled Palate


*does the Snoopy happy dance*

*claps my hands*

*shuffles to the computer screen to actually write about these gorgeous pops after expending entirely too much energy dancing and clapping*

Yeaaaaaaaah. So I’m a bit excited about all the beautiful popsicles that are being shared around the blogosphere this week, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

Today, I’ve got a fun spiked (!) vegan (!) popsicle for y’all. Because everyone deserves a spiked vegan popsicle on a hot day. And Lord knows it’s been hot recently.

Vegan Spiced Rum Horchata Pops // The Speckled Palate

I’ve heard read a lot about horchata before, but I’d never tried it. However, it sounded like the perfect thing to use as a dairy free popsicle base, so I decided to do some kitchen experimentation.

I used Averie and Susannah’s recipes as guides to make horchata from scratch without ever having tasted it, tinkering and sampling as I went along because the flavor profiles in both their recipes sounded divine.

Here’s the thing, though. As someone who’d never actually drank horchata before, seen it anywhere or actually heard someone say the word, it turns out I was mispronouncing it this entire time.

You’d assume that as someone who took five years of Spanish and currently lives in Texas, I would know how to pronounce horchata.

But, yeah, well, I didn’t.

And it’s kind of horrifying because I should’ve known about that silent H.

It wasn’t until I was telling my sister about them without using the name horchata in the description that she said, “Oh, horchata! I love that stuff.”

Vegan Spiced Rum Horchata Pops // The Speckled Palate

It goes without saying that these popsicles are ridiculously delicious. They’re creamy, they’re flavorful, they’re vegan, they’re free of processed sugar.

All kinds of good things, y’all.

And everyone who’s tried one has loved it, so you’re not just getting a ringing endorsement from me.

And one of the best parts? If you don’t drink alcohol or want to make these for kids, just leave out the rum and add a bit more cinnamon for spice. Easy peasy.

Here’s how you make them:

{Dairy Free} Spiced Rum Horchata Pops
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Cool down on a hot summer’s day with Spiced Rum Horchata Pops! These vegan popsicles are cinnamon-y, creamy and utterly decadent as an afternoon (or evening) treat.
Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 14 popsicles
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ⅓ cup uncooked white rice
  • 2¼ cups warm water
  • 1 5" cinnamon stick
  • ⅔ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups water
  • ⅓ cup spiced rum (or a bit more, to taste, if that's your thing!)
  1. In a large bowl, measure out the cashews, white rice and warm water. Add the cinnamon stick on top. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning, pour the soaked ingredients into the base of a blender. Remove the cinnamon stick.
  3. Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract and additional water to the mix.
  4. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Using a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer, strain the popsicle base. (Doing this more than once will ensure your popsicles aren't gritty. I strained mine twice, and mine turned out pretty smooth.)
  6. Once the popsicle base is strained, add the rum, stirring until well incorporated.
  7. Pour the popsicle mix into a popsicle mold. Transfer to the freezer, and freeze for one hour before adding the popsicle sticks.
  8. Freeze for an additional 6 hours, or until the popsicles are solid.
  9. Enjoy cold!
Please note that the prep time does NOT include the 8+ hours of soak time overnight.

Vegan Spiced Rum Horchata Pops // The Speckled Palate

Spill the beans: Did you know how to pronounce horchata before reading this post? (And did you know what horchata was?)

What is your favorite kind of popsicle for a hot summer’s day?


  1. Alex from Sew, Simmer, and Share

    Yesssss! I love horchatas and though I’ve never tried it, I assume I’d also love them in alcoholic popsicle form!! Looks delish!

    • Erin

      If you love horchata and you like rum, I’d venture to say you’d be a fan of these popsicles! Thanks for the comment, Alex!

  2. Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    These. Look. AMAZEBALLS!!! Nothing beats a spike pop on a hot summer day! And PS, this is the first foodie blog I’ve seen that I genuinely just LOVED, from the heading and tagline to your little about section…you just scream unique and I want to be your friend. Have a great Thursday!

    Coming Up Roses

    • Erin

      Aww, thank you, Erica! You’re totally right: nothing beats a spiked pop on a hot summer’s day! And THANK YOU. You’re too sweet! Your comment made my day! Let’s be friends!

  3. Brittany

    You are a GENIUS!!! Sharing these like crazy!!!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Brittany!

  4. Logan Can

    These look fantastic! I LOVE popsicles! They are a great way to cool of during the summer!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Logan! Popsicles are the best for the summertime, and these are great!

  5. Meg @ Noming thru Life

    These are seriously one. of. the. greatest. things. ever!! For reals! I loooove horchata, and then to make it into a drunken popsicle. Oh yeah, I am all over that!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Meg! Who doesn’t love a drunken popsicle? It’s kind of the best thing… and the horchata is pretty darn delicious, too!

  6. Amanda

    Mmm, horchata! I love it. I’ve had it both hot and cold, and I’m addicted. I can’t wait to get obsessed with this recipe too! 🙂

    • Erin

      Hold the presses: You can have horchata WARM!?! How come I’ve never heard of this? Totally making a note to try that come wintertime. And I hope you enjoy this recipe — we’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the pops!

      • Amanda

        Yeah, I had it warm at a coffee house one time. They had both hot and cold options. I have to say, when it’s warm it tastes like concentrated Christmas. Party time! Yum. Haha.

  7. Sarah | Well and Full

    I love horchata (the beverage, not the vampire weekend song). 😉 These popsicles look great!

    • Erin

      I love horchata, too, and I hope you enjoy these popsicles! Also? I now want to listen to this Vampire Weekend song since I’ve never heard of it before!

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