Coquito: Puerto Rican No-Egg Eggnog With Rum

Coquito recipe

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Chill: 60 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 6 1/2 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
471 Calories
18g Fat
63g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 471
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 222mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 60g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 424mg 33%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 580mg 12%
*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 creamy, sweet 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. Chill it in the refrigerator for about an hour before serving, and to make it extra cold, serve it on the rocks. If the mixture is too thick after chilling, blend it again until it is pourable.

There's no need to crack open a fresh coconut for this drink. 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

  • 12 ounces white rum, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract, or vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, or cinnamon sticks, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for coquito
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  2. Add the cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, rum, coconut or vanilla extract, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to a blender.

    Coquito ingredients in a blender
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  3. Process until it's well mixed and then pour into a glass pitcher or bottle and cover it. Alternatively, add the cover to the blender bowl and place it in the fridge.

    Coquito blended
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  4. Refrigerate for about 1 hour before serving. Coquito tastes best very cold.

    Bottled coquito
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  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.

    Coquito being poured into a glass
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  6. Enjoy.

    Coquito garnished with a cinnamon stick
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How to Store and Freeze

  • Since this coquito recipe doesn't contain eggs or dairy cream, it should keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  • You can even mix up a batch and freeze it for up to two months, then thaw in the fridge to have on hand when needed.​​

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.

How Strong Is a Coquito?

White rum has an ABV of 40 percent (80 proof). Combined with coconut cream, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk, the finished drink weighs in at about 9 percent ABV. It's a relatively light drink and is even lighter if served over ice. Be warned that this drink tastes so delicious, you can forget it contains alcohol, so sip and savor it slowly.

What Does Coquito Mean in English?

Coquito means "little coconut" in Spanish and refers to a popular holiday drink in Puerto Rico, similar to eggnog but coconut based.

Can Coquito Be Served Warm?

Like eggnog, coquito is always served chilled. Serving it cold provides a better consistency and flavor. You can technically serve coquito warm; however, it will be decidedly less thick and may separate a bit.