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Traditional Puerto Rican Eggnog (Coquito)

November 29, 2016

Learn how to make Coquito (the famous Puerto Rican eggnog) and make your Christmas or any other holiday unforgettable. This rich, sweet, and creamy drink, made with rum, will warm you from the inside out!

Learn how to make Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog) at home and make your Christmas or any other holiday unforgettable. Rich, creamy, boozy! | cookingtheglobe.com

Every nation has their own Christmas table traditions. Ours in Lithuania are: making twelve meatless dishes (fish is allowed), representing the twelve months of the year, serving traditional biscuits (Kūčiukai) with poppy seed milk, drinking a viscous cranberry drink (Kisielius or Kissel), and many others. However, after all those years of blindly following the traditions, my family started looking for something new. It doesn’t mean walking away from everything we have grown up with. Of course not. We still do all the things I’ve mentioned earlier on Christmas eve and we will teach our children accordingly. It’s just a normal desire to have a peak at what people in other countries are up to!

That’s how the famous German and Austrian mulled wine (Glühwein) has ended up as a new tradition in our house. We make it for like five years straight now and everyone loves it! After such a successful experiment, we wanted more. A year ago, when my blog was already in the works, I stumbled upon another famous Christmas drink, this time from the Caribbean. Puerto Rico to be exact. It’s called Coquito and it’s like eggnog. I loved the idea of tasting something coming from such an exotic place so I made a huge batch for Christmas. Believe it or not, it disappeared in a blink of an eye!

Learn how to make Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog) at home and make your Christmas or any other holiday unforgettable. Rich, creamy, boozy! | cookingtheglobe.com

It was too late to write a post on how to make Coquito the last year but I am so doing it now. One of the reasons my family loved this Puerto Rican eggnog is that it has nothing in common with Glühwein, meaning that… We can enjoy them both! First, it’s served chilled, not warm or hot. Second, it’s made with rum, not wine. Third, it’s not just simply a flavored alcohol. Coquito is so much more than that. Let’s see what’s inside this boozy drink!

Learn how to make Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog) at home and make your Christmas or any other holiday unforgettable. Rich, creamy, boozy! | cookingtheglobe.com

There doesn’t exist a specific recipe everyone would follow. Quite the opposite in fact. There are so many different Coquito recipes floating around that you won’t find two alike! Some use raw eggs, while others leave them out entirely. Some recipes call for heavy cream, others not. A few ingredients stay untouched, though: coconut milk, condensed milk, white rum.

Learn how to make Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog) at home and make your Christmas or any other holiday unforgettable. Rich, creamy, boozy! | cookingtheglobe.com

Talking about the eggs, there is a third safe option to cook them a little bit before adding to the mix. That’s the one I’ve chosen. I didn’t want to leave the eggnog without the eggs, ha! You see, to me, raw eggs are not a problem at all. I would easily swallow them like Rocky Balboa. But when making Coquito for a crowd, it’s always better to stay on the safer side.

Learn how to make Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog) at home and make your Christmas or any other holiday unforgettable. Rich, creamy, boozy! | cookingtheglobe.com

What’s more to add? I can’t wait until Christmas to sip this rich and sweet drink again. That coconut flavor mixed with various milks and rum is heavenly. This time I’m making a bigger batch because it’s impossible to enjoy it slowly when a pitcher is getting empty in a speed of light. I feel the pressure! Try it, guys, and you will thank me later! Learn how to make Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog) at home and make your Christmas or any other holiday unforgettable. Rich, creamy, boozy! | cookingtheglobe.com

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Learn how to make Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog) at home and make your Christmas or any other holiday unforgettable. Rich, creamy, boozy! | cookingtheglobe.com
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Traditional Puerto Rican Eggnog (Coquito) Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

If you still don't know how to make Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog), this comprehensive guide is for you. Rich, creamy, boozy!

Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Servings: 8 cups
Calories Per Serving: 743 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 can (12 oz. / 350ml) evaporated milk
  • 1 can (14 oz. / 400 ml) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (15 oz. / 450 ml) can cream of coconut
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white rum , or to taste
  • ground cinnamon , for garnish
Instructions
  1. Whisk the egg yolks and evaporated milk in a heat-proof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until the mixture coats the spoon and is warm to the touch. Transfer to a blender.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients except cinnamon and blend until smooth. Chill for 2-5 hours. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If raw eggs are not a concern, you can skip the simmering part and just blend all the ingredients in a blender.

Adapted from Daisy's Holiday Cooking by Daisy Martinez

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply Janette@CulinaryGinger.com November 30, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I need to make this for my husband to remind him of his PR roots. This looks a rich and delicious treat I could enjoy all season.

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      You are right, Janette. Who will forbid us from enjoying this flavorful drink any day we want? 🙂

  • Reply Emily November 30, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    This sounds so interesting, I’ve never heard of it before but SO need to try it asap. I’m always looking for a new Christmas drink.

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      You will love it, Emily!

  • Reply Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours November 30, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I love all the Christmas drinks about; they are always so tasty and have that something about them that remind us of Christmas. I like the sound of your traditions, but yes, it is good to find new things. This sounds like a good alternative to eggnog, tempting to try this one out myself.

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Life is too short to eat and drink the same things over and over 😉

  • Reply Mary November 30, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I’ve never heard of Coquito but now I need to try it. It looks tasty and I already have all the ingredients.

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      It’s really awesome, Mary 🙂

  • Reply Veena November 30, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I have not had a good eggnog is years!! It always reminds me of my mom and Christmas. This looks do delicious – I must try! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      I am glad that you liked it, Veena 🙂

  • Reply J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all December 1, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Okay you sold me. I need to try this obviously. The pictures are beautiful too! Looks creamy and delicious.

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      You won’t regret trying Coquito, that’s for sure 😉

  • Reply Kate December 1, 2016 at 10:02 am

    This sounds utterly delicious. I loved reading about Lithuanian traditions as well.

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      I am happy you liked it!

  • Reply Sharon December 1, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Aww I love that you and your family like to try new festive drinks each year. This is a such a great idea. And the coquito looks amaaaazing. And it doesn’t hurt that it has rum either haha

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      It surely doesn’t hurt, Sharon 😉

  • Reply Cricket December 1, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I love reading about holiday traditions in other parts of the word, and this looks delicious!

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      It’s always interesting to know what’s happening in other countries 😉

  • Reply The Food Hunter December 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    I love the idea of cream of coconut in this.

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      Yup, it’s so on point here. You can feel its flavor right after the first sip 😉

  • Reply TG December 8, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Sounds delicious, but the traditional Coquito recipe only calls for 1 can of evaporated milk, 1 can of coconut milk, 1 can of cream of coconut, 1 can of sweet condensed milk, cinnamon and rum to taste. If you add eggs that called “Ponche”.

    • Reply Igor December 9, 2016 at 7:18 am

      Yeah, I read that some people say that, but I saw eggs added in recipes from some traditional Puerto Rican books and still called Coquito so I don’t know 🙂

  • Reply Ed January 12, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I’m glad I stumbled on this recipe. I just had this for the first time this past weekend and it was delicious. The one I had also had some grated coconut in it.

    • Reply Igor January 20, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      I am glad you liked the recipe, Ed!

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