Caribbean Version of Eggnog (a.k.a Coquito)

Coquito, traditional holiday liquorCoquito is a traditional Puerto Rican liquor served during the Christmas and New Years festivities. It’s very similar to eggnog, which originated in England and crossed the Atlantic during the 18th century. Coquito’s main flavor comes from coconut. The original eggnog recipe used brandy or sherry, but rum was later used as a cheaper substitute, and eggnog became widely popular. Similarly, Coquito uses rum as well. Some recipes call for white rum, but dark rum gives it a richer and more dignified flavor. There are many varieties of the recipe out there. Some add vanilla or chocolate to the flavor, some even simply blend all ingredients in a blender without any cooking. The following recipe has been our family tradition for generations. It uses both evaporated and condensed milk, so if you are not a fan of sweet drinks, eliminate the sweetened condensed milk and replace it with more evaporated milk. There will still be enough natural sweetness from the cream of coconut and your drink will be less thick.
Ingredients (yields about a 1.5 of finished liquor)
  • 1/2 liter purified water
  • 15 oz cream of coconut
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 14 oz condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 liter quality dark rum


  1. Boil cinnamon sticks in the water. Remove sticks when water turns yellow and gives the smell and taste of cinnamon, after about 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Add evaporated milk, condensed milk and beaten egg yolks and cook at a very low temperature so egg yolks dissolve well and not cook. Stir continuously and bring to boil.
  3. Boil for a few minutes then add cream of coconut and rum. Stir all ingredients well together and remove from heat.
  4. Allow to cool completely. If you see any solids, strain all liquor through a fine strainer.
  5. Serve at a room temperature, chilled or on the rocks, according to personal preference.
  6. Store in refrigerator.
holiday recipe, Coquito, rum recipeEnjoy and greetings from the Caribbean!
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Author:Katka Konecna-Rivera

Katka Konecna-Rivera, co-founder and host of Living Green with Baby, is an architect focused on sustainable design as well as a filmmaker, writer and personal wellness coach.

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