Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog

Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog

A few years ago, when I was working at the doctor’s office in Orlando, one of our providers brought in Puerto Rican Eggnog. Since she was bringing it to work, she went light on the alcohol, but it was still delicious!

Coquito means “little coconut” in Spanish. The drink is a coconut-flavored drink that originated in Puerto Rico. Coquito is a traditional Christmas drink similar to eggnog. That’s why it’s often called Puerto Rican Eggnog. 

Although there aren’t any actual eggs in this eggnog recipe, the drink is just as creamy. The recipe that we have calls for cinnamon as the only added flavor. Of course, the coconut adds a lot of flavor of its own, but I think I will try adding a bit of vanilla next time, too. 

The drink has a very tropical feel, which is perfect for Christmas in the South. I remember quite a few years that it was so warm on Christmas day that we would jump in the pool after opening gifts. But, that’s Christmas in Sunny South Florida for you!

Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog

Also, this couldn’t be easier to make. It took me about 5 minutes to put it all together. The hardest part is waiting for it to cool in the refrigerator. Justin and I both tried some as soon as it was blended, and it just wasn’t the same as when it’s cold. So, we will be patient, I guess. 

When I first read the recipe from my coworker/friend, I wasn’t sure of a few of the ingredients. I searched them on google and realized that she had given me the Spanish name on a couple of items. Once we learned what we were looking for, it was easy to find. Most of your ingredients will be found with the canned items in the baking section of your grocery store. 

Step by Step

Gather all of your ingredients. As I mentioned, it’s almost all canned items that can be found with all of the baking ingredients. True Coquito would use Puerto Rican rum, but we had some Bacardi in the pantry so went ahead and used that. 

Pour everything in the blender. I needed a spoon to scoop out the cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk since they are thick. It’s also chilly in the house so the coconut is close to solidifying at this temperature. 

Note: If you have a small blender, you’ll need to do this in batches by only adding half of each ingredient. My blender is a 7-cup blender and it was just big enough for everything. 

Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog

Blend everything together. I used the “mix” setting on mine and it worked really well. 

Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog

Place a few cinnamon stick in the Coquito and set in the refrigerator to chill for at least 4-5 hours, or overnight. 

When ready to serve, mix the Coquito one more time and serve chilled. Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg if desired, or serve with a cinnamon stick.

Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog
Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog
Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog

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5 from 4 votes

Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog

Prep Time5 mins
Chill Time4 hrs
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: alcoholic, coconut
Servings: 7 cups


  • 15 oz cream of coconut
  • 13.5 oz coconut milk
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup white rum
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 cinnamon sticks


  • Add all ingredients except cinnamon sticks to a blender
  • Blend until everything is combined and the mixture is creamy
  • Add cinnamon sticks to the drink
  • Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 4-6 hours, or overnight
  • Serve cool and garnish with cinnamon, nutmeg, or a cinnamon stick
Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog

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14 thoughts on “Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog

  1. Ok pure creaminess and looks absolutely delicious. I love eggnog during the holiday season. Reminds me of festive gatherings at grandmas house.

  2. Coquito is one of the absolute best parts of Christmas!! My family starts making it for Thanksgiving and all the way through the new year. You can find some stored in a milk jug in every puerto rican’s fridge around this time of year!

  3. I’ve never had this and now I really can’t wait to try it! I live in a warm climate, too. This is a great way to be festive!

  4. This is great, we might consider it for Christmas dinner. Plus, I havent tried before which makes it interesting for me. Thank you for sharing.

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