This coquito recipe is a holiday delight! Eggnog usually takes center stage this time of year, but this coconut-flavored beverage is a fun change! This simple recipe is silky smooth, delicious, and filled with coconut flavor!
Every once in a while a drink comes along and changes your life. This is the BEST coquito recipe. Made to be thick and creamy, this coconut drink will be loved by family and friends! It is a tasty twist on the classic holiday drink! Who knows, maybe this will become your new holiday tradition!
What Is Coquito?
Coquito is Puerto Rican in origin. Coquito means “little coconut” and is often served as a Christmas drink just like traditional eggnog. The biggest difference between to two drinks is Coquito is full of coconut flavoring. So think of it as a coconut eggnog, if you will.
This drink requires TWO steps and that is it! As with many recipes, there are variances in ingredients. Some recipes call for egg yolks just like eggnog. However, that is not necessary to get a really delicious coquito! We’re making this coquito without eggs and still getting to enjoy all of our favorite holiday flavors in every sip.
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Unsweetened coconut milk — (can)
- Unsweetened coconut cream — (can, not the Coco Lopez you find with the cocktail mixers).
- Evaporated milk
- White rum
- Vanilla Extract
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How To Make Coquito Recipe
In a blender, combine the sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, and coconut cream. Pour the mixture into a pitcher.
Whisk in the remaining ingredients. Refrigerate the coquito until ready to serve (at least two hours).
Sprinkle with additional ground cinnamon and nutmeg just before serving if desired.
Getting the right consistency. If you find that your coquito is too thick, you can add in some more liquid to help thin it out to your desired consistency. Some good choices to use would be whole milk, coconut milk, or even water depending on what you already have on hand.
Make ahead. The best thing about this drink is it can be made in advance! Refrigerated coquito is good for up to 4 days giving you plenty of time to make it in advance of a party and use up the leftovers. Enjoying this drink every day will certainly put you in the holiday spirit!
What Is The Best Rum for Coquito?
I chose to use white rum for this recipe because there are so many other strong flavors. However, you could use spiced rum, although I think that could a little too strong. Feel free to use coconut rum if you are a true coconut lover!
Can I Use a Different Alcohol for Coquito?
While using brandy, whiskey or bourbon is not keeping with tradition, you can certainly give it a try!
How to Serve Coquito
Serve your coquito with a cinnamon stick in each glass for more flavor and for garnish. If you want to serve a non-alcoholic version, then omit the rum and add rum or brandy extract to taste. Replace the rum with whole milk to cut the coconut taste if desired.
Serve coquito on the rocks, it is best when served cold. If the mixture is too thick after chilling, blend it again until it is pourable.
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 can unsweetened coconut cream
- 2 cans evaporated milk
- 1 cup white rum
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- In a blender, combine the sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, and coconut cream. Pour the mixture into a pitcher.
- Whisk in the remaining ingredients (except cinnamon and nutmeg). Refrigerate the coquito until ready to serve (at least two hours). Sprinkle ground cinnamon and nutmeg just before serving.
Amount Per Serving Calories 427Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 54mgSodium 186mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 1gSugar 46gProtein 12g