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Almond Horchata

Menu PartBeverage
Cuisine TypeMexican
almond horchata

Gracias Madre Restaurant

West Hollywood, Calif.

Gracias Madre serves a plant-based, meatless menu inspired by the kitchens of Mexico. The restaurant has an extensive nonalcoholic drinks list, which includes fresh-pressed juices, kombuchas, housemade sodas and horchatas. This signature horchata starts by soaking almonds and dates, then blending them with flavorings until liquefied and smooth.


¾ cup raw almonds

3 dates

1½ cups water + water for soaking

Sea salt

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. vanilla extract

Cinnamon stick, optional


  1. In medium bowl, combine almonds and dates. Sprinkle with a generous shake of sea salt. Cover with water until completely submerged. Let stand for 1 hour.
  2. Strain out almonds and dates; discard soaking water.
  3. In blender container, combine almonds and dates with 1½ fresh water, cinnamon, vanilla and a pinch of sea salt; blend until very smooth. Serve over ice, garnished with a cinnamon stick.

Photo courtesy of Almond Board of California

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