When apricots are in season, use them to make this velvety-rich version of horchata, shared with us by Fany Gerson. You can also substitute peaches or nectarines — when it's not stone fruit season, the fresh-frozen variety work just as well.
1 lb. fresh apricots, pitted and quartered ½ cup sugar, plus more to taste ⅓ cup medium or long grained rice ½ tsp. vanilla
1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir the apricots and ½ cup sugar until the apricots are soft and a bubbling sauce has formed. Remove from heat and let cool.
2. Meanwhile, soak the rice in 1 cup of water until the apricots have cooled completely, then strain the rice. Transfer the rice and fruit mixture to a blender and blend with 3 cups of water water and the vanilla. Strain mixture through a wet cheesecloth into a large serving pitcher, then mix in another 2 cups of water. Taste, and add more sugar if desired. Chill completely, and serve over ice.