Coquito translates to “little coconut,” and is a traditional Christmas time drink with origins in Puerto Rico. Some call it Puerto Rican Eggnog, but it’s definitely its own thing. I have read that some put an egg yolk in it, but I did not.
I first learned of the drink in the movie, Seneca (which happens to be written and directed by my high school friend Jason Chaet), and had just googled a recipe when my college friend Becky posted photos of the bottles of coquito that she was making up to give away at Christmas (she is from PR). I found several recipes via the googles, but asked her if she’d like to share hers. She PM’d me the following image and joked that I might want to practice my (pretty much non-existent) Spanish.
Y’all know I’ve got the smarts, so sure enough, I managed to figure it out with a little help from Google Translate.
- 1 can (13oz) undiluted evaporated milk.
- 1 can (14 oz) condensed milk
- 1 cup of rum*
- 1/2 cup of coconut creme (like Coco Lopez)
- 1 pinch of salt
- Cinnamon (powder or sticks) to taste
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a blender.
*The rum can be added later, if you prefer to make it “virgin” so the kiddos can enjoy as well, or if you’re just not a boozy person.