Coquito Puerto Rican Coconut Nog
Puerto Rican Egg Nog, But There’s No Eggs.
Coquito means little itty bitty coconut, maybe without the extra itty bitty cuz this drink packs a bit of coconut punch, of rum I mean. Best served cold, the Puerto Rican cocktail is one you take your sweet time sippin’.
Made by a Cuban Grandmother
While it’s a drink that originated in Puerto Rico, it’s something I learned from my Cuban grandmother-in-law Conchita. This is her recipe. And while it’s a simple one, I want to share with you what makes this drink so special in the family. It all starts with Conchita and her adoration for every single member of the family that makes it whole and big.
The preparations start long before Christmas starts rolling around as she starts to collect glass bottles. One bottle for each of her children, grand children, and siblings-in-law and their respective families. I’ve never actually seen her make a mass amount of Coquito. I’ve just seen the crate of bottles spontaneously prepared and ready to be gifted, each hand tied with a red bow. I imagine that preparation going a little something like: open several cans of various milks that go into making coquito, pull out the massive Vitamix, pour everything in, blend, taste, funnel into bottles and repeat. Seriously, she’s a work horse when it comes to preparing food. I mean just imagine. Here is a woman, who’s greatest joy is preparing a meal for her family every Sunday.
This is a little off track, but so that you understand the passion she has for making sure everyone is fed and has a good time: Every year, Conchita would rent an apartment on the beach for the summer break. Every year her children and grandchildren would stay with her and enjoy 4 beautiful weeks under the sun with her. And every year, she would spend months preparing and freezing food so that they would all have grandmas cooking at the apartment. I mean, she would make enough food to feed her enormous family for weeks! It always amazes me watching her cook, because it’s clearly something that gives her life and energy.
Right, so Christmas Coquito. On a typical Sunday family reunion, lunch is capped off with a shot of cuban espresso. A small tray is walked around the living room and everyone grabs their shot of that sweet black gold. When it’s Christmas season though, the tradition turns into walking around the living room with small cups of Coquito. It’s passed noon and Christmas, so it’s totally fine to be drinking in the middle of the day. On a typical family reunion, everyone leaves with their bellies brimming with food and a kiss good bye. But when it’s holiday season, just a few weeks before Christmas has arrived, everyone leaves with a kiss and glass bottle of coconut heaven with a beautiful bow on it’s neck tied neatly with care and home made with a sprinkle of love (or was that cinnamon I was tasting?).
From Conchita’s yellowing notebook of homemade recipes, I present to you, this simple reminder of how easy it is to spread joy and love for the holidays: The Coquito.
Coquito Puerto Rican Coconut Nog
- 1 Can Evaporated Milk
- 1/2 Can Condensed Milk
- 1 can Cream of Coconut
- 1 can Coconut Milk
- 1 tspn Vanilla Extract
- 1 tspn Ground Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cup Coconut Rum*
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings.
- Add all the ingredients to a blender except for the rum and blend.
- Stir in the rum half a cup at a time depending on how strong you want the drink.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour, it is served best extra cold!