The holidays, and specifically Christmas, is overabundance at its peak which means that the more alcohol you serve at your Christmas party the better time your guests will have.  Makes perfect sense! But if you are tired of the typical Christmas cocktails and looking for something a little different to serve your rowdy crowd this year, allow me to introduce you to Coquito! Coquito is, simply put, Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog, but what they don’t tell you is that it is absolutely the perfect holiday drink to sip on while opening presents, singing carols, looking at lights, and pretty much any other Christmas activity you can think of!

Coquito is traditionally served in Puerto Rico and is made with rum, egg yolk, coconut milk, sweet condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. What better way to add some fun to your holiday festivities than with a sweet yet spicy Latino drink. Of course you can always change up the ingredient list above to make your Coquito just the way you like it, some variations include a flavored or even spiced rum, coconut cream as opposed to milk, ice cream, vanilla and chocolate are all popular additions. However, be advised that while delicious, Coquito is heavier, cream based drink, therefore it is best served in a small glass or even a shot glass garnished with grated nutmeg or cinnamon.

Here is our recipe for coquito, but again test out your variation and make it your own! This coquito requires the following ingredients:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 can of coconut cream
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 1 cup of rum
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp of ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp of vanilla extract

Place the evaporated milk in a large saucepan. Add the egg yolks and blend with a hand blender. Then heat over low flame stirring constantly and not letting it boil. Add the coconut cream, condensed milk, and mix then the spices and vanilla, again using the hand blender. Take it off the heat and add the rum then refrigerate for four hours. After it has chilled, pour into small glasses, garnish and serve!