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Family Recipe: Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)

As a Puerto Rican, it officially feels like the holiday season when you make your first batch of coquito.  Coquito is Puerto Rico's version of eggnog, using rum (Puerto Rican rum, naturally) and coconut milk.  Today I am sharing my family's recipe for coquito (Puerto Rican eggnog), as taught to me by my father.    

Coquito is a delicious blend of the spices you love and savor this time of year (cinnamon and nutmeg) with a Caribbean spin.

Once you try this you will want a batch of coquito in your fridge at all times during the holiday season.  It goes down so smooth!  You can even make a healthier (but slightly less creamy) coquito using light versions of the sweetened condensed milk and coconut milk.

Coquito is also great for gifts (friends, party hostesses, etc.).  You can make a full batch then portion it off into smaller glass bottles to give away.  I like to decorate the gift bottles with a pine tree sprig (plucked from my Christmas tree) and cinnamon stick, tied with a piece of twine.

Here's our recipe!  If you make it, please tag @fabeverydayblog on social media and let me know what you think!

Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)Ingredients:
  • 2 13 1/2 oz. cans of coconut milk
  • 2 14 oz. cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 of a 1.75 liter bottle of white Puerto Rican rum
  • 8 egg yolks
  • Ground nutmeg and cinnamon to taste 

  1. In a blender, mix all ingredients together.  You may need to do this in two batches depending on the size of your blender.
  2. Pour blended mixture into empty bottles (note: it is traditional to store coquito in empty rum bottles, but you can store them in any convenient container).  Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator.  
  3. Before pouring into glasses to serve, shake bottle vigorously.
  4. Garnish with extra nutmeg and/or cinnamon as desired.


Sarah said...

My neighbor is Bahamian and he makes a version of this with gin! I like it with rum though better! Gonna try this recipe! yum!

Papi Cruz said...

Please reduce the rum to 2 to 3 cups of white Puerto Rican rum. 2/3 bottle was my typo. Of course you can drink it with 2/3 bottle, but it would knock you down.
My apologies.