A Southern Grace: neato coquito

January 2, 2018

neato coquito


Coquito. Oh. Em. Gee.

Do you know about coquito? It's been described by many as Puerto Rico's version of eggnog, and it is AMAZING. It reminds me so much of my beloved custard, but with a coconut twist. And of course, there's the rum.

You don't have to add rum, though--it's DELICIOUS without it (albeit quite sweet and super thick)! That's good news to this breast-feeding mama. This makes a lot for two people, but to be honest, I think it got even better with time, and we're going on a week and a half now! I know that's pushing it, so I have plans for a coquito pound cake in the immediate future...stay tuned for that! I've also added it to my overnight oats (sans rum!).

For something a little bit different from and, dare I say, more special than eggnog, give coquito a try!

(printable recipe)
Serves 8-10
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cream of coconut (like Coco Lopez or Goya)
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup rum (more or less to your liking)
Directions: Combine the sweetened condensed milk, cream of coconut, evaporated milk, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg in a large saucepan and heat until just starting to simmer. Remove from of heat, cover, and let everything infuse for 30 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and pour the mixture into a large bowl or pitcher. Add 1 cup of rum and taste; add more rum if desired. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or for up to a week (or perhaps two!).
True love.


J said...

Happy New Year Grace to you and your family!
Yum! I'll be watching for your coquito pound cake.

Angie Schneider said...

Coquito is new to me. Sounds tasty! I look forward to your coquito pound cake!

Pam said...

YUM! I have never heard of it before but I want it now!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I hadn't heard of coquito but it certainly sounds great. Happy New Year Grace.

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

I haven't heard of this drink before, but it sounds super yummy!

All That I'm Eating said...

This does sound good, a great alternative to eggnog as you say!

Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen said...

Wow, I've never heard of this drink, but it sure sounds rich and amazing! I'm definitely staying tuned for your coquito poundcake recipe!!!

Gloria Baker said...

Looks delicious Grace!!
Happy New Year!

Alicia Foodycat said...

It's SO good. I've only had it with rum though!

Food Gal said...

I have never heard of this before. But it sounds delicious! I can see how this would be quite rich. I can picture enjoying this in little espresso cups. ;)

Tania|My Kitchen Stories said...

I've never heard of coquito but I see why it would be so popular. Great idea to make a pound cake with the rest though!

Gingi Freeman said...

OMG, I neeeeeed this!!! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen said...

I've never had coquito but with cream of coconut on the list of ingredients I know I need to try it soon!

Agness of Run Agness Run said...

Yum! This is a perfect beverage, Grace! Can I use ground cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks?

grace said...

@Agness: Of course!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Sounds tasty! And perfect for a pound cake! Looking forward to seeing more about that creation :)

Inger @ Art of Natural Living said...

This sounds wonderful Grace. And good for summer too. Isn't breast-feeding wonderful, all those calories burned!

suresh lukhi said...

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Emma - Bake Then Eat said...

I’ll take one with Rum please :D Happy New Year Grace!