Homemade Horchata recipe
1/3 cup raw long-grain white rice
1 cup raw almonds
1-2 cinnamon sticks
3 cups hot water
2 cups cold water
1/2 cup syrup (dissolve 2 parts sugar into 1 part water)
Blanch almonds then rinse in cool water. remove almond skins. toast skinned almonds in pan until lightly browned.
Pulverize DRY rice in blender until its a nice fine powder.
Combine almonds, rice powder, cinnamon sticks, and hot (boiling) water in a pot/bowl/jar/etc. leave to cool and stand on the counter/stove overnight (do not put in fridge).
:: The next day ::
Put cooled mixture into blender with 2 cups cold water. Blend until smooth. Filter mixture through a fine mesh or use a french press to get the big chunks out. Stir in syrup.
Serve chilled and/or over ice.