Inspired by Mexican horchata, this rice milk is named for the cinnamon sticks that infuse it with flavor. It’s easy to make and involves pounding cinnamon sticks, which kids will appreciate. (You’ll need some cheesecloth for straining.) Excerpted from THE ADVENTUROUS EATERS CLUB by Misha and Vicki Collins, reprinted with permission from HarperOne and imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Copyright 2019.
Stick Juice [Vegan]
- 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
- 4 cinnamon sticks, broken into chunks
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 5 cups water
- Start by rinsing the rice well in a fine-mesh colander. Pour the cleaned rice into a blender with the remaining ingredients. Blend for 1 minute.
- Kid’s job! Line a fine-mesh sieve or colander with a double layer of cheesecloth and set it over a pitcher or large bowl. Strain the liquid into the container and serve over ice.
Use a mortar and pestle or a mallet to smash the cinnamon sticks before dumping them into the blender. A good smashing makes the cinnamon more cinnamony. Recipe Photo Credit: Michèle M. Waite