6 tbsp rice
6 ounces (1 1/4) cups blanched almonds
1 inch cinnamon stick
Three 2 inch strips of lime zest (colored rind only), 3/4 inch wide
about 1 cup sugar
Thoroughly pulverize the rice in a blender or spice grinder. Transfer to a medium- size bowl and add the almonds, cinnamon stick and lime zest. stir in 2 1/4 cups of hot tap water, cover and let stand at least 6 hours, or preferably, overnight.
Scoop the mixture into the blender jar and blend for 3 or 4 minutes, until it no longer feels very gritty. Add 2 cups of water, then blend for a few seconds more. set a large sieve over a mixing bowl and line wit 3 layers of dampened cheesecloth. Pour in the almond rice mixture a little at a time, gently stirring to help the liquid pass through. When all has been strained, gather up the corners of the cheesecloth and twist them together to trap the dregs inside. squeeze the package firmly to expel all the remaining liquid.
Add 2 cups of water and stir in enough sugar to sweeten the drink to your taste. If the consistency is too thick, add additional water. Cover and refrigerate until your ready to serve. Stir before pouring.