This time of the year, mostly between Halloween and New Year is my favorite time of the year. It’s filled with joy, activities for kids and family gatherings. I love it!!! However, it is also busy and stressful trying to shuffle kids from one place to the other, getting the perfect gifts and cooking the Instagram worth it mouth-watering meals. On Christmas Eve, after kids have gone to bed I feel it’s my time to enjoy few moments to myself. I like to sit with my husband in front of the tree, listening to music and sipping on my Christmas Coconut Cocktail!!
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Living in Miami for over 20 years, I have gotten to try different foods & drinks from all over the world. I first tried the Puerto Rican Coquito my first or second Christmas I spent in Miami. It was the most delicious drink I have ever tried. Think of dessert in a cup with alcohol in it, smelling like Christmas!! What can get better than that?
What is Coquito?
Coquito is a Puerto Rican cocktail served mainly around Christmas time. Coquito is a Spanish word which in English means little coconut! This drink is usually made with coconut milk, condensed milk, coconut cream, rum and other ingredients.
And that’s where the controversy start!! My friends are divided on whether Coquito has egg yolks or no. The no egg yolk group swears that the original coquito didn’t have egg yolks in it. I’ve tried it both ways and I prefer the no egg yolks version. I also like to add several ingredients like cinnamon and cloves for a little bit of extra holiday spirit:).
I usually warn my guests to sip it slowly. That’s because this cocktail is a delicious drink, it really tastes like a dessert in a cup. But it has alcohol after all and if you go too fast you might feel a little tipsy too soon into your holiday party:)). Sip slowly and enjoy it!!!
The below recipe makes a batch for 4 generous servings. Double it for parties and adjust ingredients to your taste. This is how I like it and I’ve tweaked it through the years to make it into something I love and cherish once a year. Honestly, don’t try to calculate calories or carbs on this one!! Enjoy it once a year and forget about it. I tell myself that calories on Thanksgiving and Christmas don’t count!
Christmas Coconut Cocktail (Coquito Puertorriqueno) Recipe Notes
Let me start by saying that you can prepare this drink in many ways and you can’t go wrong if your base is coconut and rum.
- If you would like to make the taste less pronounced, feel free to add some evaporated milk too. It will keep the consistency, not make it sweeter and just make the flavors less pronounced. Drink responsibly. Cheers:)
- You can add a can of coconut cream too – pick the unsweetened one since you are already using condensed milk.
- If you are going to add coconut cream or evaporated milk, make sure to increase the quantity of coconut rum.
- I love adding cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg because these spices elevate this cocktail from Great to Amazing:).
- Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours but if you prepare this the night before and store it in the refrigerator, the flavors will really be more pronounced.
- You can make it like an eggnog with eggs, but I personally like the eggless version.
Christmas Coconut Cocktail
- It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare this drink, but I love it chilled so try to prepare it ahead of time when you have guests. An alternative to chilling is keeping the cans in the refrigerator and prepare before serving.
- Mix the coconut milk, condensed milk, rum and stir very well. You can also blend it in low speed if desired.
- Add cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and refrigerate.
- Serve over ice cubes and decorate with cinnamon sticks.
If you would like to save this Christmas Coquito recipe for the holidays, please pin one of the below 2 images to Pinterest. The reason there are 2 pictures is that I prepare this cocktail every year and I have different shots of it. Just pick your favorite. Thank you:). Feel free to tag me in social media if you made coquito following my recipe.
Other Cocktail Recipes
If you would like to try any of my other cocktail recipes please check out the below posts: