After straining, I combined with whole milk. After tweaking the recipe a bit, I found that a 4-5 cups of liquid to 1 cup of oats is a reasonable ratio. Here you will see I have less liquid and this resulted in a thicker atole.
I added instant oats and blended with a stick blender to break it down and combine with the milk. I heated the mixture over medium, stirring occasionally. I blended a few more times to make sure all the oats where fully incorporated into the drink to make sure it is smooth.
The end result is a warm, thick drink with strong oat and cinnamon flavor. It is very nourishing and satisfying on a cold winter day. The apricots are optional, but I had them laying around and found that they gave a nice fruit flavor to the drink as well.