Coquito is a creamy coconut milk beverage native to Puerto Rico. Literally translated it means “little coconut,” however there is nothing little about this drink. Its taste is rich, creamy and accented with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon.
Coquito is traditionally served at Christmas time, but in my opinion it should be enjoyed at other times of the year as well. Variations abound and every family boasts to have the BEST recipe.
Although I am not Puerto Rican, through trial and error I have come up with my own coquito concoction which, if I may say so myself, is not so bad. This is like drinking your dessert!!!
What makes coquito so rich and creamy is the mixture of sweetened condensed milk and coconut milk. How can anything with sweetened condensed milk not be good?
One very important note: coquito tastes much better cold, so make sure you allow plenty of time between preparation and serving. I normally like to allow 4-6 hours. Make sure you stir it before you serve it.
Coquito is a very close cousin of eggnog, enjoyed by many throughout the English speaking world. Eggnog comes to us from England where it was enjoyed in the manorial estates which had plenty of eggs and milk, the main ingredients in this delicious libation.
Similar beverages date back to the Middle Ages. In those times, a beverage called “posset” was also popular in country manors. Posset’s main ingredients were also eggs and milk accented with spices and “spiked” with whatever alcohol was on hand ( most likely a brandy of sorts.)
When the settlers came to America, they brought along eggnog, of course. Along the way, rum made its way into the drink due to the abundance of sugarcane, the raw material for rum.
Coquito is easy to make since all you need to do is put all the ingredients together and blend! For the vanilla make sure you use pure vanilla extract, it does make a difference.
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Here is an authentic recipe for Puerto Rican coquito. This recipe has no eggs and is uses coconut milk. This is very popular during the holidays and sometime it is called egg-free eggnog.
- Place all ingredients except the cinnamon in a blender and blend thoroughly. Chill in the fridge for up to 6 hours before serving.
- Pour into small 6 oz. glasses and sprinkle with a little cinnamon. Enjoy!