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Coquito: Puerto Rican Coconut nog with rum

Photographer:Greg Dupree Food Stylist: tori cox, rishon Hanners Prop Styist: lindsy lower

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a glass of cold coquito (co-kee-to). If you don’t know what’s coquito my heart hurts for you because it’s the best thing EVER! I like to call it eggnog’s better tasting sassy cousin. Even though it’s nothing like eggnog.

Puerto Ricans make bottles of this every year and give away as gifts to friends and family. Bring a bottle of coquito to any holiday party and I am positive you will be invited back the next year.


1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups (1 15 oz can) cream of coconut (like coco lopez)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup white rum
cinnamon sticks for garnish

In the recipe, I suggest 1 1/2 cups of white rum. If that sounds like too much start with 1 cup and add more to taste. I like to add just enough rum that it’s prickly on the back of your throat and warms you on the inside. It will be one of the few drinks you’ll have that is cold that warms you up.

Just be careful because the flavor of the rum gets stronger the longer the drink “marinades”.

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