In Sicily, where almonds have been grown for centuries, a refreshing drink made from ground almonds, sugar and water is served. (Bakeries usually sell packets of almond paste to be used for this purpose.) The paste turns creamy and milky with a hint of almond taste. The dry summer heat is so intense that this almond milk is served at breakfast, sometimes frozen into a soft slush.
We’ve used Marzipan to add a creamy, sweet taste to two fruit smoothies. Almonds are the good news nut, one of the better sources of vitamin E, high in fiber, associated with preventing cardiovascular disease and linked to cancer prevention. These lovely drinks could be a pleasing and healthy way to start the day. Or an exciting cocktail when vodka or rum are added. (Adults only please.)
Yield: 2 to 3 servings, 12 ounces
Adult Variation: Orange Almondsicle™ - Once the smoothie is blended, add 6 ounces vodka. Blend for a few more seconds to combine. Fill three glasses with crushed ice and divide the Orange Almondsicle™ Smoothie between them. Garnish with a few slices of slivered almonds.
Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Love'n Bake® - American Almond Products