This horchata takes a few turns that lead it away from the light of more traditional recipes, but in the shadows, new things emerge and this beverage takes you on a sensory journey that will both comfort and excite those bold enough to entertain it.

The warmth of the cinnamon teases you with a glance of heat, which is then hastily mellowed by the smooth nature of the vanilla, the creaminess of this drink may lure you into a false sense of relaxation, but the caffeine and tequila will quickly sharpen your wits.

For day or night,
The Dark Horchata.



 45 ml Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
 20 ml Blanco Tequila
 15 ml Cinnamon-Vanilla Syrup
 60 ml Espresso Shot
 60 ml Almond Milk (Traditionally Rice Milk)



Add all the spirits, espresso shot, simple syrup and milk into a cocktail shaker.


Ignite a few cardamon pods, capturing the smoke in an upside-down cocktail glass.


While the smoke is accumulating, add a large cube of ice as well as some smaller ice fragments into your cocktail shaker, shake well.


Strain the cocktail into your (now cardamon-smoke infused) cocktail glass.


Garnish with a cinnamon stick (a smouldering one if you're feeling devilish) and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.

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  1. Louise Robertson 14 October 2021 at 7:42 am

    I’ll be trying this one tonight ?

    • rhianjoseph86 14 October 2021 at 8:36 am

      I hope you enjoy it!

  2. David Di Censo 14 October 2021 at 7:42 am

    Yeah buddyyyyy

    • rhianjoseph86 14 October 2021 at 8:36 am

      Thanks for the vote of confidence!

  3. Joshua Mcmullen 14 October 2021 at 7:54 am

    I can’t tell if I should drink it or frame it – it’s a work of art! So damn tasty too.

    • rhianjoseph86 14 October 2021 at 8:37 am

      That is SO kind of you! Thanks mate.

  4. Jason Dove 14 October 2021 at 8:11 am

    Sign me up, I’m sold??

  5. starkmatt 14 October 2021 at 9:21 am

    Can’t wait to try this!

    • rhianjoseph86 14 October 2021 at 3:39 pm

      Very soon my friend!

  6. Editha Angeles 14 October 2021 at 9:25 am

    Geez, that’s one of a cocktail! Look forward to drink.

    • rhianjoseph86 14 October 2021 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks Edith! 😀

  7. thomaiy 14 October 2021 at 4:19 pm

    ‘Well slap my ass and call me sally’
    Can’t go try this! Looks amazing 🙂

    • rhianjoseph86 14 October 2021 at 4:36 pm

      Ahahahaha Thanks Maiy!
      I’ll make you one if you’re ever back in Aus.

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