Known to some as Puerto Rican eggnog, Coquito is a creamy, coconutty, rum drink that is sure to spice up your holiday season!
Sweet and creamy Coquito is a coconut and rum drink from Puerto Rico that is reminiscent of traditional holiday eggnog. This simple mixed drink is served chilled and is sure to put you in the festive holiday spirit!
YOUR NEW FAVORITE HOLIDAY DRINK
Most everyone I know enjoys a creamy Eggnog during the holidays, but to me the lesser known Coquito is the real star of the season. I can’t resist the creamy coconut flavors and smooth rum spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
OTHER RECIPES TO SERVE WITH A COQUITO
- Eggnog Mousse Parfait – If you’re sipping on Puerto Rican eggnog, you will definitely enjoy snacking on this amazing parfait.
- Buttery Coconut Bars – These bars are sure to bring out the creamy coconut flavors in your Coquito.
- Coconut Rum Cupcakes – This a perfect recipe to pair with a cold Coquito and, bonus, you already have some of the ingredients on hand!
Drink Base: This creamy drink consists of sweetened condensed milk, cream of coconut, full fat coconut milk, and evaporated milk.
Alcohol: You will need 1.5 cups of rum. If you want to be super authentic, add a Puerto Rican rum like Bacardi, Don Q, or Palo Viejo.
Spices: Season your Coquito with cinnamon sticks, ground nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. You’ll also need vanilla extracts and raisins for this Puerto Rican Coquito recipe.
HOW TO MAKE COQUITO
STEP ONE: Start by selecting a large pitcher with a lid or a couple of large mason jars. Add the raisins, cinnamon sticks, and rum to the pitcher. Allow these ingredients to sit for an hour for flavor infusion.
STEP TWO: Next, pour the sweetened condensed milk, cream of coconut, coconut milk, and evaporated milk into a blender. Now add the vanilla extract and the ground nutmeg and cinnamon to the blender. Puree the contents of the blender.
STEP THREE: Pour the mix into the pitcher of rum and raisins. Put the pitcher in the fridge and allow it to chill for at least 4 hours.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- Don’t forget to shake or stir the Coquito after it chills in the fridge as the ingredients will naturally separate with time.
- If you aren’t a fan of raisins, they can be easily strained from the final drink before serving! They inpart a slight flavor you want… even if you don’t want to chew on them later.
WHAT IS COQUITO
This Puerto Rican cocktail translates to “Little Coconut” and is sometimes equated to Puerto Rican Eggnog. Traditionally, it is made with condensed milk, rum, coconut milk, egg yolks, and a splash of vanilla. This recipe captures the essence of a traditional Coquito without the addition of the eggs so it keeps in the fridge for longer. Any way you make it, this creamy drink is sure to warm your heart this holiday season.
HOW LONG DOES COQUITO LAST
Because of the nature of the Coquito drink and the cream base, it will need to be kept refrigerated. The good news is that because this Coquito recipe does not use raw eggs and has rum in it, it will last in the fridge for 5-6 days.
OTHER HOLIDAY DRINK RECIPES
- 6 ounces raisins
- 1 1/2 cups silver rum
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 15 ounces cream of coconut
- 13.5 ounces full-fat coconut milk
- 4 ounces evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Cinnamon-sugar for rimming glasses
- Cinnamon sticks for garnish
- Grab a large pitcher or mason jar that has a lid and can fit into a freezer (or two smaller ones). Add the raisins, rum, raisins, and cinnamon sticks to the pitcher, and allow it to sit for 1 hour.
- To a blender, add the sweetened condensed milk, cream of coconut, coconut milk, evaporated milk, vanilla, nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. Puree until smooth.
- Pour the pureed mixture into the pitcher(s), and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours more.
- Rim the serving glasses with cinnamon sugar. Shake the coquito and pour into the glasses. (You can strain the raisins and cinnamon sticks or add some of the raisins into each glass.)