Puerto Rican Coquito (The Best Recipe!)

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Puerto Rican Coquito is a smooth, creamy, dreamy drink made with coconut milk and rum.

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Puerto Rican Coquito is a creamy dreamy holiday beverage that is similar to egg nog, but with a tropical flair. Coquito traditionally uses coconut milk to bring out the essence of the Caribbean. There are many variations of this drink, including one that uses cream of coconut for a more intense flavor. I have made this recipe for years and have perfected the balance of flavors, smoothness, thickness, sweetness, and rum content. We give this treat as Christmas gifts each year and it always gets rave reviews!

Puerto Rican Coquito

There are many ways to serve Coquito, and I have fun every year trying them all. Traditionally, Coquito is served with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. This year, I have been dipping the rim of the serving glass in a small bowl of Coquito and then dipping the rim into a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg. Another way I like to serve this refreshing holiday drink is with whipped topping and a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes. Any way you serve it, your guests will absolutely fall in love (with you and the Coquito!).


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How to make Puerto Rican Coquito

Coquito is one of those recipes that seems as though it would be difficult to make, but in actuality, it’s very simple. And bonus, this recipe makes enough for a crowd so you won’t have to play bartender all night at your holiday event.

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Puerto Rican Coquito

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Recipe Preparation

Puerto Rican Coquito
  • In a small saucepan over high heat, add cinnamon sticks and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Remove cinnamon sticks and allow cinnamon water to cool.
Puerto Rican Coquito
  • In a medium saucepan whisk egg yolks and evaporated milk until well blended. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and can coat a spoon. DO NOT BOIL! Allow mixture to cool only slightly. If mixture cools too much it will not blend smoothly once you add the sweetened condensed milk.
Puerto Rican Coquito
  • When cinnamon water has cooled slightly, stir in the coconut milk until well blended.
Puerto Rican Coquito
  • In a large punch or mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut mixture, yolk mixture, sweetened condensed milk, and rum. Chill Puerto Rican Coquito well and serve.
  • For Non-Alcoholic Coquito – Use only 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk and leave out the rum.
Puerto Rican Coquito

Puerto Rican Coquito

This recipe is the smoothest and most delicious coquito you will ever drink. It's creamy, coconutty, and simply amazing!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizers and Beverages
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Servings: 16 cups
Calories: 182kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan over high heat, add cinnamon sticks and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Remove cinnamon sticks and allow cinnamon water to cool.
  • In a medium saucepan whisk egg yolks and evaporated milk until well blended. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and can coat a spoon. DO NOT BOIL! Allow mixture to cool only slightly.
  • When cinnamon water has cooled slightly, stir in the coconut milk until well blended. In a large punch or mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut mixture, yolk mixture, sweetened condensed milk, and rum. Chill well and serve.

Notes

  • For Non-Alcoholic Coquito – Use only 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk and leave out the rum.

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg

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