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.
Eggnog was that drink for me when I was a kid. Holy cow! The first time I tried eggnog, I thought I was drinking liquid gold! It was so rich and thick and sweet. I always thought, if cheesecake was a drink, it would taste just like eggnog.
My current life-changing beverage is Coquito (kow·kee·tow). This is pure heaven for coconut lovers! Oh, and did I mention it has rum too?
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.
What Do I Need To Make This Coquito Recipe
- 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
How To Make Coquito Recipe
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!
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.
If you find that your coquito is too thick, stir in whole milk or coconut milk (even water) to thin it out a little.
The best thing about this drink is it can be made in advance! Refrigerated coquito is good for up to 4 days!
Which Rum Should I Use For This Drink?
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!
While using brandy, whiskey or bourbon is not keeping with tradition, you can certainly give it a try!
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 best when served cold. If the mixture is too thick after chilling, blend it again until it is pourable.
This thick and creamy 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!
- 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
- 1teaspoon 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.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 427Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 54mgSodium 186mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 1gSugar 46gProtein 12g