Coquito: Puerto Rican No-Egg Eggnog With Rum

Coquito: Puerto Rican No-Egg Eggnog

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  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 5 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
610 Calories
34g Fat
54g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 610
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 27g 137%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 159mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Protein 12g
Calcium 361mg 28%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Coquito is a traditional coconut punch served at Christmas and New Year's 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 with complicated instructions that require eggs to be simmered over a double boiler. Since this recipe does not call for raw eggs, you can whip it up in a blender and skip all of the heating and stirring. 

Nor does this recipe 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 this coquito is a very simple mixed drink you can make from canned cream of coconut.

This easy recipe means you'll have more time to spend singing carols in Spanish with your family and friends while it chills.

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Ingredients

  • 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 extract (or vanilla extract)
  • Garnish: ground nutmeg or cinnamon or cinnamon stick

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Coquito Ingredients
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  2. Mix cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, rum, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and coconut or vanilla extract in a blender.

    add spices
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  3. Process them until they are well-mixed and then pour into a glass pitcher or bottle and cover it (or refrigerate the blender bowl).

    blend
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  4. Refrigerate for about 1 hour before serving. This drink tastes best very cold.

  5. 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.

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  6. Enjoy!

Tips

  • As this recipe 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.​​
  • Be warned that this drink tastes so delicious you can forget how much alcohol it contains, so sip and savor it slowly.

Recipe Variations

  • You can serve it on the rocks if you prefer, which might be necessary if enjoying it poolside in a warm climate.​
  • You can adjust the amount of rum to suit your taste, or even leave it out for a virgin Coquito.

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