Almond drink is a traditional dish of Beijing cuisine. The traditional culinary method of this dish begins with the preparation of the main ingredient by soaking rice and almonds in cold water for two hours. Almonds are then soaked in hot water for fifteen minutes to have the skin removed. Almonds and rice would then be ground into powders and mixed with cold water to form a thin paste. Water is boiled to the boiling point, the thin paste would be added to the boiling water. After the mix reached its boiling point, it is continuously heated for another five minutes and then ready to be served.
Other ingredients that could be added included peanuts, sesame, rose flower, laurel, raisins, cherry, sugar, honey and others.