Pistachio Milk With Vanilla and Cardamom

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Pale green homemade pistachio milk is subtly perfumed and nearly as indulgent as its distant cousin, pistachio ice cream.

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Pistachio Milk With Vanilla and Cardamom

About This Recipe

Yield:Makes 4 cups
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:12 hours
Special equipment:Blender, cheesecloth
This recipe appears in: Pistachio Milk is Awesome, and You Should Make Some at Home


  • 1 cup raw shelled pistachios, covered with water by 2 inches and soaked overnight at room temperature
  • 4 cups hot (not boiling) water
  • 5 teaspoons agave syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. 1

    Line a fine-meshed sieve with a double layer of cheesecloth and set it over a deep bowl. Drain pistachios and add to blender. Add hot water and blend on high for 2 minutes. Carefully pour blended nuts through cheesecloth-lined sieve; gather cheesecloth together and squeeze out remaining liquid (ground pistachios can be reserved for another use).

  2. 2

    Add agave syrup, salt, cardamom, and vanilla to pistachio milk and whisk together. Cool completely, then transfer to a bottle or container and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.


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