With the tip of a knife, split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.
Place the milk, cream, almonds, sugar and vanilla pod and seeds in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Strain. Add rum to taste. If using vanilla extract, add it and stir to combine.
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