Food & Drink

How to Make Coquito

Coquito is a popular alcoholic beverage in Puerto Rico. Many visitors find it reminiscent of eggnog, but not quite as heavy and without the holiday ties. The basic ingredients include rum, egg yolk, coconut milk, coconut cream, sweetened condensed milk, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. However, there are many variations.

Here’s a simple, yet tasty recipe for a pitcher of coquito.

  • 2 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups of white rum (more or less depending on how strong you like your drinks)
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk (undiluted)
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Shredded coconut (to taste, for garnish)

This version leaves out the egg yolk and coconut cream; those ingredients are what give coquito the eggnog taste, which doesn’t always mix well with a hot and humid tropical atmosphere. As with other mixed drinks, you can experiment with the ingredients and the quantities and still come up with a tasty beverage.

The rum brand is up to you, but a Puerto Rican rum like Castillo or Don Q works nicely. No need to go top shelf for this recipe, any cheap or middle-grade white rum will mix well with the other flavours.

If you like your coquito a bit sweeter, try a dash of vanilla. If you enjoy some spice, throw in some cloves and a bit more cinnamon and nutmeg.

Make a big batch, because this drink is sure to be a hit. Be careful though, coquitos are so smooth that you won’t notice how much rum you are drinking!


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