Coquito is a traditional coconut punch served at Christmas and New Year's celebrations in Puerto Rico.
The drink is similar to eggnog with rum but with the tropical element of coconut. Caroling groups stroll to visit friends and are happy to be greeted with a coquito.
You'll find many recipes for Coquito with complicated instructions that require eggs to be simmered over a double boiler. Since this recipe does not call for raw eggs, you can whip it up in a blender and skip all of the heating and stirring.
Nor does this recipe call for you to crack open a fresh coconut. If you were using that as an excuse for a tropical holiday excursion, go right ahead. But this coquito is a very simple mixed drink you can make from canned cream of coconut.
This easy recipe means you'll have more time to spend singing carols in Spanish with your family and friends while it chills.
You also might like punch de creme.
- 1 (15-ounce) can cream of coconut
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (12-ounce) can of evaporated milk
- 6 ounces white rum (use less if you like)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon coconut (or vanilla) extract
- Garnish: ground nutmeg or cinnamon or cinnamon stick
- Mix cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, rum, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and coconut or vanilla extract in a blender. Process them until they are well-mixed.
- Pour into a glass pitcher or bottle and cover it (or refrigerate the blender bowl).
- Refrigerate for about 1 hour before serving. This drink tastes best very cold.
- Shake to mix well right before serving.
- Pour into a small glass and sprinkle the top with nutmeg or cinnamon or garnish with a cinnamon stick. You can serve it on the rocks if you prefer, which might be necessary if enjoying it poolside in a warm climate.
Note: As this recipe doesn't contain eggs or cream, it should keep in the refrigerator for several days. You can even mix up a batch and freeze it, then thaw to have on hand when needed.
Coquito With a Kick or Without
You can adjust the amount of rum to suit your taste, or even leave it out for a virgin coquito.
Be warned that this drink tastes so delicious you can forget how much alcohol it contains, so sip and savor it slowly.
It also, unfortunately, has a decadent amount of calories, fat, carbohydrates, and sugar.