1¼ cups (244g) long grain white rice (dry uncooked)
½ cup (50g) sliced almonds
2 cinnamon sticks (approx. 2½-inches each)
3 dry chili peppers (ancho, Chile de árbol, etc.) stems and seeds removed
4 cups (945ml) cold water
½ cup (100g) granulated sugar, or more to taste
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups (475ml) whole milk
Add rice, almonds, chili peppers and cinnamon sticks to a high speed blender. Blend about 30 - 60 seconds on high speed or until finely pulverized, stopping occasionally and shaking blender if mixture sticks to the bottom.
Pour in 2 cups water, sugar and vanilla. Blend an additional 30 seconds. If your blender can fit the additional liquid pour in remaining 2 cups water, and milk, otherwise pour into a large enough container to fit along with water and milk.
Cover and chill 8 - 12 hours.
Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher. Serve with ice if desired, garnishing each serving with ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks.
PS: if you want to choco-fy this ... just add shaved cacao (80% or higher)
Melzii's Spicy Milk Paleta
1 cup white rice
¾ cup raw almonds
1 cinnamon stick (or ½ tsp ground)
8 whole dried chiles de árbol, stems and seeds removed
4 cups warm water
¼ cup sugar (plus more to taste)
1½ cups coconut milk
Add 1 cup white rice to a blender or food processor and grind it as fine as you can.
Add ¾ cup raw almonds, 1 cinnamon stick, 8 chiles de árbol, ¼ cup sugar and 4 cups of warm water. Blend together.
Let this mixture sit overnight in the fridge (or at least for a few hours).
The next day, give it another blend and then add 1½ cups coconut milk. Combine well and taste for sweetness, adding more sugar if you want.
Strain the mixture and discard the leftover solids. Using a fine mesh sieve works but you can also add a few layers of cheesecloth to it if you want.
If using a popsicle mold, fill the mold with the Coconut-Horchata mixture but leave a little space at the top for room to expand while freezing. Place the mold in the freezer for an hour or so and then insert the popsicle sticks (it's easier to get them to stay in place once partially frozen). They'll need another few hours in the freezer to completely freeze.
To remove them from the mold, let them sit on the counter for a few minutes or run some water over the mold. Serve immediately and store leftovers in a Ziploc in the freezer.