Coquito is a traditional coconut punch served at Christmas and New Years 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 that require eggs, simmering over a double boiler and more complicated instructions. This particular recipe does not call for raw eggs, so you can whip it up in a blender and skip all of the heating and stirring. You'll have more time to spend singing carols in Spanish with your family and friends while it chills.
Nor does it 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 it's a very simple mixed drink you can make from canned cream of coconut. You may also like Punch de Creme.
- 1 15-ounce can cream of coconut
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 12-ounce can 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
- Mix all ingredients 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 an 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 may serve it on the rocks if you prefer, which might be necessary if enjoying it poolside in a warm climate.
This recipe makes about 36 ounces. It's meant to be shared with family and friends, although you might try to hide the pitcher in the back of the refrigerator to sip on through the season. As it 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.
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.