Extra Rich Vegan Horchata
Makes 3 cups. Serves 2.
-1/3 cups (2.5 ounces) rice – medium- or long-grain rice will work fine
-1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (3 ounces) blanched almonds
-A 3-inch piece of cinnamon stick
1 1/4 cups hot tap water
-1/2 cup turbinado sugar, plus more to taste
-1 cup cold vanilla soymilk
In a large bowl, combine the rice, almonds, cinnamon stick and water. Cool, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Pour the mixture into a blender or food processor, add the sugar and blend on high for several minutes, until the mixture is as smooth as possible – there will still be a hint of grittiness when you rub a drop between your fingers. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing on the solids until only a dryish pulp remains. Pour into a pitcher and add the soymilk. Taste and sweeten with more sugar to taste, if needed. Enjoy over ice.