Puerto Rican Coquito; which can best be described as eggnog with rum, is a punch traditionally served at Christmas and New Years celebrations, but it can be served through all the fall andwinter holidays. The alcoholic concoction is made with egg yolks, rum, coconut milk, coconut cream, sweet condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
As you can see, the basic core of the coquito is similar to egg nog, with the eggs and milk, but the beverage has a little more flavor to it with the rum, coconut milk and cream, and other added ingredients.
Making coquito is so simple, and you have two options to prepare it: You can make it in advance and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it, or you can keep the ingredients refrigerated in a blender and mix it on the spot. The process of making the beverage involves adding all the ingredients in the blender and processing it at a high speed until the drink has a frothy texture.
There are many variations of the original recipe, so experiment in advance to find the proportions you find lead to the tastiest drink. Remember: if you experiment enough, you can whip up your own customized blend by tweaking the ingredients to taste.
Coquito, which literally translates to “little coconut,” is a very rich, caloric beverage, so if you want to make it a tad bit healthier, opt for using only coconut milk or evaporated milk instead of condensed milk. What’s more, if you want to save time, consider purchasing egg nog to use as a base, and then add the extra ingredients: coconut milk, coconut cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and rum to dress up the beverage.
How you choose to serve coquito can make all the difference in terms of presentation and aesthetics. Serve the Puerto Rican holiday drink in a glass, and to add authentic floavor be sure to garnish with ground cinnamon. For an added artistic touch add a cinnamon stick to each glass.
Bakers and dessert lovers can take inspiration from the traditional Puerto Rican coquito and try a variety of desserts ranging from coquito cupcakes and coquito flan, to coquito bread pudding and coquito pana cotta. These spin-off desserts use the core flavors from the beverage to create a delicious dessert.
This delicious beverage is perfect for an office holiday party if you want to share your Latin heritage, a potluck with your friends, or any holiday dinner with your family.