Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Almond Milk

Fresh almond milk beats the store bought stuff any day of the week and is incredibly easy to make. Plus, when you make it at home you can add any flavoring you want to put your personal stamp on it. Almond milk is dairy free and goes with everything - cereal, coffee and my favorite - in lieu of water in boxed cake mix. And hey if you're feeling nutty, go ahead and add a splash of your favorite bourbon in it to serve at your next cocktail party!

  • 1 cup natural almonds (not roasted or salted!)
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (the real stuff if you have it!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Combine the almonds and water and leave to soak overnight.
2. Add the almond / water mixture to a blender (if your's is not very powerful, do this in batches) and add the remaining ingredients.
3. Blend until completely liquefied. Serve over ice.

Optional: If you don't like the mouth-feel of the almond milk (it's a little silky), feel free to strain it through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer.

To make the almond milk into a cocktail, simply add 3 parts almond milk to 1 part bourbon in a shaker. Shake and serve.

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