Lovely Libations: Homemade Horchata and Agua Fresca

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Lovely Libations: Homemade Horchata and Agua Fresca Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone who is celebrating today! In honor of the holiday, I wanted to share two refreshing beverage recipes that are both healthy and delicious: Homemade Coconut Horchata and Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca. Some horchata recipes call for condensed or whole milk, so I gave mine a healthier, non-dairy twist by using coconut milk. The agua fresca recipe originally comes from The Kitchn, but it’s become a favorite of mine. I like this agua fresca recipe because instead of using tons of white sugar or artificial sweetener, it contains only fresh fruit and agave. The recipes below are virgin, but you can also spike either of these drinks to make a refreshing adult beverage if you prefer. Either way, they are sure to quench your thirst for something sweet…

Homemade Coconut Horchata

Lovely Libations: Homemade Horchata and Agua Fresca Ingredients:

  • 4 cups almond milk
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
  • 14 oz. coconut milk (If you are using canned coconut milk, make sure it is creamy not chunky.)
  • ½ cup rice or almond flour
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ice cubes
  • ground cinnamon for garnish

Lovely Libations: Homemade Horchata and Agua Fresca Instructions:

  1. Bring your almond milk and cinnamon sticks to a simmer in a medium saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl or pitcher.
  3. Whisk in coconut milk, rice flour, and vanilla.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve over ice with ground cinnamon and a cinnamon stick for garnish.

Lovely Libations: Homemade Horchata and Agua Fresca

Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca

Lovely Libations: Homemade Horchata and Agua Fresca Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds seedless watermelon (1/8 of a good-sized melon)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp agave

Lovely Libations: Homemade Horchata and Agua Fresca Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients.
  2. Strain through a mesh strainer if you like, but I actually love having pieces of fresh melon in mine!
  3. Serve over ice.

Which one of these drink recipes are you going to try first? Are you planning a fiesta today? Enjoy! XO Lauren P.S. For anyone asking, the pitchers and glassware are all from my fair trade shop The Little Market.

Photos: Yoni Goldberg for
Categories: Contributors, Dine, Holiday Foods, Holiday Specials, Lauren Conrad
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  • Stephanie McGee

    These both sound amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Rachel

    That watermelon lime drink sounds AMAZING!

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  • Kiri Cragin Folwell

    Yum! I haven’t been able to find a decent Horchata in London yet, so I am going to have to try this tonight!

  • Vanina

    Wow horchata looks great!!

  • Raven Locks

    That’s an interesting take on horchata! Usually when my family members make it, it’s raw and much more simple. We grind rice up with cinnamon and little sugar and mix it up. That’s it. But I’m curious to try this recipe :) Thanks for sharing!

    xo Azu

  • Ashley

    Both drinks sound delicious!

  • Grace

    These look so simple and I’m excited to try the watermelon drink when watermelons come in season (where I live)!

  • EmilyV

    Gonna try both!!! Very simple recipes…Thanks Lauren!

  • Annie

    Looks delicious! I LOVE the photography in your posts. Thanks for sharing! <3

    Annie @

  • Emily

    These look so yum! Will have to try them this summer!

  • Karen Maria

    Yummy. Its been years since i’ve had horchata. The perfect drink for the summer!
    From the heart,
    Karen Maria

  • Siham Hamdan

    Horchata is definitely one of my favorite drinks eeeeveeer!!

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  • Alexandra

    Love the cinnamon horchata recipe! Thanks Team LC!

  • Diana Livia

    Yummi Conrad:) i looks really good:) have a great day!:)

  • Tracy

    Great and really healthy!

  • Cristina Gomez

    I love horchata! It’s my favorite drink for summer.

  • Nicole Smith

    I would love to try the Agua Fresca. It looks so good.

  • Kimberly Reed

    Watermelong drink for sure

  • Lilly

    Sorry Lauren, I love all your ideas and all but that’s not how you make REAL horchata.

  • NormaJean

    Lauren and Team, I love your recipes, DIY projects and everything else but unfortunately this version of horchata did not taste the best. I followed the LC recipe but it didnt taste as good as the long, time consuming, Mexican version. No worries…I will make horchata popsicles with the remaining liquid. As I mentioned, the original version is time consuming but it tastes delicious! I do love a good watermelon agua fresca and you hit the nail on the head with this recipe! Refreshing! I look forward to more recipes and fun projects! Love you LC & Team!

  • Rose

    The watermelon agua fresca is delicious.



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