Italians know very well how to beat the heat and are not kidding when strictly separating summer and winter menus. These differ not only in the basic ingredients, but also the way they are prepared. Honestly, who wants to turn on the oven when it’s scorching hot outside? Lucky ones that have already sweat in the Italian summer know, that the best way to hzdrate ourselves during these days is a granita (water ice) or a cold almond milk.
Almond milk was born in a Sicilian monastery as it was a perfect drink for the period of the lent as it is completely veggie. It could also replace cow milk that could be used for making other, long lasting foods like cheese.
Almond milk can be found at every decent supermarket, but it is just so romantic (and Italian) making it by yourself. Almond milk is full of vitamins A,E and D, proteins, omega 6, calcium, potassium, iron and it does not contain glutene, lactose and cholesterol. Before you start singing a hallelujah, remember that it is also full of calories, so just keep calm and have only a glass of it if you do not want to make extra excercise to compensate.
So, if you are brave enough, this is how you can prepare thsi delicious drink.
- 150 gramms of whole almonds
- 150 gramms ofpeeled almonds
- 300 gramms of sugar
- 300 gramms of water
Grind the almonds in a food processor (or a mortar) with 100 gramms of sugar. It should have the consistency of flour. You should pour this flour in a pot with the rest of the sugar. heat it, but do not boil it! Then have it cool down and put it in the fridge for a day. Afterwards filter it using a white napkin. Put it back in fridge and taste it cold!