Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog

Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog

Coquito is a traditional holiday drink in Puerto Rico. Also called Puerto Rican Eggnog, this drink is tropical and creamy, and easy to make!

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!

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

Recipe

Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog

Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog

Coquito is a traditional holiday drink in Puerto Rico. Also called Puerto Rican Eggnog, this drink is tropical and creamy, and easy to make!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: alcoholic, coconut
Servings: 7 cups
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 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

Recommended Equipment

Instructions

  • 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
Click the buttons below to share and print this recipe
Pin Recipe Print Recipe
Nutrition Facts
Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog
Amount Per Serving
Calories 664 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 24g120%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 161mg7%
Potassium 484mg14%
Carbohydrates 81g27%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 76g84%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 324mg32%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Shop This Recipe

When making any recipe, it’s essential to make sure you have the correct equipment. The following items are hand-selected for this recipe and are all items I have personally used and/or recommend.

These are affiliate links. See disclosures for more information.

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

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.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Improve your cooking today

Whether you’re just getting started or looking to improve your skills, the Intro to Cooking guide was made for you! Sign up to receive a free copy, which also includes 7 simple yet tasty recipes. Plus you’ll receive new recipes in your inbox every week. Yum!

Make sure to check your inbox (and spam folder) for your confirmation email, which includes the link to download your Intro to Cooking guide.

Pasta All-In
Banana BreadBanana Bread covered with oats on a slate serving plate next to a brown towel and a bread knife on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Wait! There's more great recipes...

Stop cooking the same recipes every week. Sign up and you’ll receive new tasty recipes in your inbox each week. Plus, you’ll also receive an Intro to Cooking PDF so you can quickly improve your cooking skills.

%d bloggers like this: