In Puerto Rico the holidays are synonymous with one drink and one drink only: coquito. This coconut-laced festive beverage is a tasty alternative to traditional eggnog and will bring a taste of the tropics into your home.
Coquito, whose name is derived from the Spanish word for coconut (coco), is a rich, creamy, luxurious drink. It has a velvety texture and a pleasant coconut flavor with a hint of cinnamon. As with eggnog, it is usually spiked with rum.
Coquito makes its way to Puerto Rican tables drink as early as Thanksgiving and even weeks past Three Kings Day (observed on January 6th). Honestly, it's so good you'll want to drink it year round.
How To Make Coquito at Home
Making coquito at home is incredibly simple and although some recipes call for eggs this one doesn't so it's a drink suitable for vegetarians. Vegans can try these alternative eggnog recipes.
EASY RECIPE FOR COQUITO
Here is what you'll need:
- 2 cups of coconut milk
- 1 can of cream of coconut (8.5 oz.)
- 1 can of condensed milk (14 oz.)
- 1 can of evaporated milk (12 oz.)
- 2 cups of rum, optional
- powdered cinnamon
Put all ingredients (except cinnamon) in a blender. Blend until smooth and pour in a large glass pitcher. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Stir before serving and garnish with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!
Rosalyn Sanchez's Recipe for Coquito
Puerto Rican actress Rosalyn Sanchez shares her recipe for coquito on the FabLife. She uses fresh egg yolks but they are optional.