Coquito – That Funny Feeling Christmas Drink Popular Among the Puerto Ricans
When I was a kid my Titi Pat, whom my Dad called “the Irish woman,” (her real name was Patria) would drop off a big bottle of Coquito during Christmas. My parents don’t know it but I took swigs of the stuff. It was like coconut vanilla ice cream and made me feel so – funny.
Coquito is Puerto Rican, coconut flavored, rum laced eggnog. It is creamy, tropical and still promises that happy rum feeling.
It takes about 10 minutes to make and it’s the perfect drink to bring to any holiday party – especially when it’s presented in a mason jar with sharpie scribbled on it. Thats the good stuff, your alcoholic friends will think. Warn the fearful ones, it’s just rum but take small sips.
This year our upstairs neighbor Suzie gave us Coquito 101. She does recipes like Italian people do – no exact measurements, so this is how I present it to you.
When I called she said, “Let me put on my pants. Come up in 10 minutes so we can make it before my Spanish soap opera starts at 8.”
That’s how easy it is. Needless to say, we adore Suzie.
Ingredients for making ALOT of Coquito:
• 2 containers of egg nog
• 2 cans Cream of Coconut (Coco Lopez, preferably)
• 2 cans condensed milk
• 1 bottle of white rum (“All of it!” Suzie said.)
• Cinnamon Sticks
• Vanilla Extract (“Couple of drops.”)
• One Puerto Rican woman to supervise
Dump it all into a huge pot and mix. Electric hand mixers or immersion blenders work well. Store in glass containers with cinnamon sticks.
Keep out of reach of small adventure seeking children.