THICK AND CREAMY HORCHATA
3/4 cup uncooked white rice
3 cups water
Two 2-inch cinnamon sticks
2 1/2 cups plain almond milk or rice milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 package Morinaga Silken Tofu - Soft
juice of one lime
ground cinnamon for sprinkling
Grind rice in a blender to break up the grains slightly and transfer to a large glass pitcher. Add the water and cinnamon stick. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Discard the cinnamon sticks, pour into the blender and blend until smooth. Line a large mesh sieve with a double layer of cheesecloth, fit on top of the pitcher and strain through the cloth. Gather up the cheesecloth, twist into a bundle and squeeze any remaining liquid into the pitcher. Discard the rice.
One last time, return the rice liquid to the blender. Add the almond milk, sugar, tofu, and lime juice. Pulse until completely smooth and creamy. Serve in tall chilled glasses with plenty of ice and sprinkle ground cinnamon on top. Store horchata chilled, tightly covered, and drink within 2 days.
The raw rice needs to be soaked overnight, so be sure to plan enough time before serving.