Blend up a Pitcher of Coquito, Puerto Rican Eggnog for Adults!
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This creamy coconut and cinnamon blended cocktail drink recipe called Coquito is often referred to as Puerto Rican eggnog.
Looking for a unique adult cocktail idea this holiday season?!
Consider making a batch of creamy coconut Coquito to celebrate with friends and family! Coquito means “little coconut” in Spanish and is a popular Puerto Rican tradition to make during the holidays.
The best part is it’s easy to whip up a batch in the blender and then store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
I am in love with this smooth sweet coconut drink and I know you will be too!
Coquito’s creamy thick texture is sort of like a coconut version of eggnog without the eggs. The cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove spices add lots of festive flavors and you can even add shredded coconut to the rim for a yummy and beautiful presentation.
During the Christmas season, it’s quite popular to make Coquito, bottle it, and give it to friends as gifts. A jar of Coquito will keep stored in the fridge for up to a month!
I loved learning more about making this Coquito recipe as a Puerto Rican family tradition!
My mom came to my house the other day and we made this batch together in the kitchen. Her parents were both from Puerto Rico, and she has fond memories of this drink growing up. You can leave out the rum so it’s a sweet treat for the whole family. My grandparents would freeze non-alcoholic Coquito for popsicles or in ice cube trays to enjoy it as dessert.
Shout out to my fellow Hip2Save Puerto Rican teammate Kaitlyn who sent me this recipe idea to share with you all today! 👏 We are both hoping that you all will enjoy it as much as we do.
Tips for making our Coquito recipe:
- Most of the ingredients you’ll be able to find easily at any grocery store. I recommend using Coco Lopez for the cream of coconut as that’s what most recipes for Coquito use and it’s so delicious. Look for it in the cocktail section of stores like Walmart and Kroger.
- I used white rum because that’s what we prefer but you can use a dark if desired. If omitting the rum altogether, consider replacing it with additional coconut milk.
- As the Coquito chills in the fridge, the flavors get even better as they have a chance to hang out! Make sure to plan beforehand for chill time.
- You can use ground spices or whole. I had some whole nutmeg and zested it by hand. Oh man, it smelled delicious!
Coconut Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)
yield: 8 SERVINGS
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 4 HOURS
total time: 4 HOURS 10 MINUTES
Creamy coconut milk and cinnamon drink served with rum for the holidays
- 15-ounce can cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez)
- 13.5-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
- 12-ounce can evaporated milk
- 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cups light rum (or replace with more coconut milk if wanting no alcohol)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- pinch of ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- shredded coconut (for garnish)
- cinnamon sticks (for garnish)
Add all of the ingredients to a blender, close the lid, and blend until smooth. Takes about 30 seconds.
Transfer the drink to a pitcher and refrigerate for about 4 hours.
Dip the rim of your glasses in shredded coconut, pour the drink, and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Store leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for up to a month.
Adapted from TheNoviceChefBlog.com
This drink is so crazy GOOD!
To be honest, I usually am not a fan of coconut drinks like pina colada. Coquito is a much different-tasting beverage with the cinnamon and nutmeg flavors included. I love that it’s an easy party drink to whip up in the blender and you can make it ahead of time.
Here’s what my teammate Kaitlyn thinks of this Coquito recipe:
“Coquito is such a fun and festive holiday drink that brings people together! I’m not even a huge coconut-lover, but it tastes like the holidays for me. I always make it for friends and family, sometimes even gift it by decorating the bottle with Christmas stickers and ribbon, and everyone loves it!”
We LOVE coquito! My Puerto Rican family has always made it during the holiday seasons.. (even without rum it is still delicious). And yes, make it ahead of time because it’s even better when it sits longer!! 😋
Yum and thanks Rachel! Merry Christmas!
Yummy! I LOVE love Coquitos any time of the year. Im Dominican lol Thanks 🙏🏼 for sharing this awesome recipe. Happy Holidays Hip2Save team 😘
Oh yay and Happy Holidays to you as well. Thanks for stopping by!
Thank you for this recipe! We had friends who made Coquito every year but they moved to a different state. This drink is beyond delicious!!! I love the little hint of coconut (not at all overpowering) and how smooth it is. I am going to try it this year now that our friends are gone so I can keep the tradition. Oh and Your mom looks like she could be your sister! 🥰 love that picture. There is nothing better than spending the holidays with our moms and loved ones.
Aww thanks Jackie and I agree! Love these memories 💕🎄
Lina, your momma is beautiful! 😊 Love the picture of you both, what lovely ladies!
Awww thanks CJ!
We are a Mexican family but we’re introduced to coquitos a few years ago by my Puerto Rican neighbors. We LOVE them! They are so easy to make,I’ve made them myself. My favorite is the chocolate coquito. It’s delicious. Thanks for posting!
Oh my! Will have to try a chocolate version 🙌💕 thanks Lett!
What chocolate do you use?
This is a tradition in our household
Nice! I love that. 🙂
I worked with someone who was Cuban who made this for all of us every year. It was so delicious and we couldn’t wait for her to make it! Lina- you and your mother are beautiful! You do look like sisters! Thank you for all the recipes and crafts! I enjoy and make a lot of them! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Oh awesome and thank you so much for your kind words, coming back to visit, and encouragement ACGold! Merry Christmas 🎄💕
If you wanted to make the drink look more festive you could add red or green coconut to the rim. Coconut is easy to color with just a few drops of food coloring. Also a few more questions… How many does this serve? Could you make up a genetic batch without the rum and add rum or extra coconut just before you serve?
It says 8 servings. And I think you could make a virgin batch and add rum to other servings.
This serves 8 and it’s pretty rich so like a small wine glass serving is perfect. You can make a batch without rum in the blender and then add in the rum per serving if you’d like! It’s all up to you and how strong you’d like it to be. Or make an entire batch without the rum and maybe add more coconut milk instead!
Having so many Puerto Rican neighbors has given my family the pleasure of having yummy coquito every December. Even made our own last Christmas!
Nice! I love that!
Thanks Lina, I can’t wait to try this! Sounds delicious!
Enjoy Angela! It’s yummy! Thanks for stopping by!
Sounds yummy! Hope I can try it out.
Yes! Enjoy 🙌🎄
Goya has a free bottle givaway with purchase of some their products. They also have recipes for Different coquito flavors… http://Www.goya.com/en/bottle
Thanks Mike! Will check it out 🙌
I couldn’t find unsweetened coconut milk so I just bought the sweet 😂😂😩😩😩
I think fine! Maybe hold back a few tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. Will be yummy! Enjoy.
Any ideas for where to buy bottles to gift this? Ideally cute and inexpensive. 😆
If it was me I’d look online maybe on Amazon! Here are some. https://amzn.to/3pV1vBq They also have cute mini santa hats for the tops! https://amzn.to/3DXI9kd