Preheat oven to 350ºF.
To prepare crust:
In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Pour in butter and mix until crumbs are moist. Press into a buttered 9-inch cheesecake pan. Refrigerate.
To prepare filling:
Bring 2 cups water to a boil. Stir in sugar, cinnamon and rice. Reduce heat, cover and cook 20 minutes. Cool. Combine ½ of the cooked rice, cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Blend in liquor and remaining cooked rice. Pour mixture into prepared crust. Bake 1 hour, or until center is just set. Remove from oven.
To prepare topping:
Blend sour cream, liquor and sugar. Spread over cake and bake 10 more minutes. Cool. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Garnish with almonds.
For best results and a more creamy texture and flavor, try preparing with Carolina
®, Water Maid
®, or River
® Medium Grain Rice.