Sunday, May 31, 2009

Juice of Zeus

This is one of the few beverages that I would dare dubbing a
drink of the Gods. It originates from the middle east and became
most popular during the middle ages, as it does not spoil like animal
milks under warmer temperatures. It is mind numbingly easy to
prepare and is so simply delish, I could not wait any longer to share.

Juice of Zeus Almond Milk

1 cup of raw almonds
(soaked overnight and skinned)
1 liter water
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
1 tsp-1 tbsp confectioners sugar

Blend almonds with about a pint or two of the water, as the almonds
become more finely ground add more until you reach around a liter.
This is not exact and I usually just eyeball it with my blender.
I usually just let the blender run for about 5 minutes to get it as
smooth as possible, but again this is not exact as everyone's blenders
are different and it make take a longer or shorter period of time.
After blending I may strain it through a reusable coffee filter, cheese
cloth or fine strainer... or I may serve it just as is. Although, if
unstrained there will be some almond meal at the bottom of the glass.
Strained, obviously, will not offer the same amount of protein and
vitamins but it still quite nice.

The vanilla and sugar in this recipe are used to reduce the slightly
metallic taste that sometimes occurs, but are not necessary and
might not occur if using filtered or distilled water.

I am currently working on recipes that use the remaining almond meal
that results from this recipe, so look forward to that.

This drink is heavenly chilled, over ice, on cereal and especially good
with chocolate chip cookies. I love drinking this on those horrible hot
summer day to cool off, kick back, and feel ultimately superior.

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