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Latte di mandorla: the Sicilian almond milk recipe from scratch. How to make Italian style almond milk at home.

homemade almond milk in a glass bottle
unpeeled almonds and a bottle of homemade latte di mandorla, almond milk

Italian Summer refreshments are, traditionally, fruity syrups, mixed with iced water:

  • latte di mandorla (= Sicilian almond milk);
  • mint;
  • orzata (very similar to almond milk, but made with aromas, instead of the whole fruit);
  • amarene (sour cherries);
  • tamarind;
  • lemon…

When I was a child, our pantry was full of these (very sugary and very industrial) syrups. On weekends, after the beach or the swimming pool, my siblings and I were allowed to pick a flavor, mix it with iced water, ingurgitate, and ask for more.

At the time, unless living in Sicily, no one knew how to make almond milk from scratch

But nowadays Italy is rediscovering traditions and is homemaking everything again. Many moms are making almond milk in a blender or with a cheesecloth: it’s so much easier than they thought. 

How to make Sicilian almond milk is an article from the Tomato Red Issue of the Gourmet Mag (my Italian cooking and living magazine). Delicious Sicilian food and traditions, dreaming of Ortigia, knowing and cooking tomatoes, and much more sweet Italian Summer stories and delights.

Here’s the Sicilian latte di mandorla recipe to make your own delicious almond milk drink. You can stop at the unsweetened almond milk or add sugar (or honey) as desired.

To make the almond milk syrup, just add the same weight of sugar to the milk and boil 20 minutes. Keep regrigerated and add a couple of spoons to a glass of iced water.

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Italian almond milk recipe

Course drink
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 bottle
Author Claudia Rinaldi | Gourmet Project


  • 8.8 oz peeled almonds 250 gr
  • 1/4 gallon water 1 lt
  • 4 tablespoons sugar 100 gr - optional - or substitute with honey


how to make almond milk without a blender

  1. Finely chop the almonds, place them in a cheesecloth and nod it.
  2. Bring water to a boil, remove it from heat, insert the almond sack and infuse 2 hours.
  3. Remove the cloth, squeezing and draining water as much as possible.

how to make almond milk without a cheesecloth (or how to get a second batch)

  1. If you don't have or don't want to use a cheesecloth, blend water and almonds for a few minutes, maximum speed, then strain the liquids through a fine sieve.

  2. You may also have a second, less intense, batch from the almonds you used to make almond milk without a blender: blend ½ liter (1/8 gallon) of water and the almonds you already used, for a few minutes, maximum speed. Strain through a fine sieve.

in both cases

  1. Add sugar and mix (hand blender, for best results).
  2. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Enjoy your almond milk drink!


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