Three glasses filled with coquito and topped with cinnamon with a cinnamon stick inside each next to a few extra cinnamon sticks with a white and red towel behind all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

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!

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A few years ago, when I was working at the doctor’s office in Orlando, one of our providers brought in Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog. Since she was bringing it to work, she went extremely 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 goes really well with my chocolate chip cookies.

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 milk 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. 

Ingredients ready for coquito: cans of cream of coconut, coconut milk, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk with a bottle of ground cinnamon in front of a glass bottle of rum and a blender all on a wooden surface

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. 

Coquito ingredients poured into a blender on a wooden surface

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. 

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

Coquito being blended in a blender sitting on a wooden surface

Place a few cinnamon sticks 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.

Three glasses filled with coquito and topped with cinnamon with a cinnamon stick inside each next to a few extra cinnamon sticks with a white and red towel behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

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Originally Published On: November 14, 2017

Last Updated On: November 29, 2019

Three glasses filled with coquito and topped with cinnamon with a cinnamon stick inside each next to a few extra cinnamon sticks with a white and red towel behind all on a wooden surface

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 4 hours 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: alcoholic, coconut
Servings: 7 cups
5 from 5 votes

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

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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
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Nutrition Facts
Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
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.

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32 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.

  5. I am food lover and this blog is absolutely amazing! the Coquito aka Puerto Rican Eggnog is on cards this weekend. Nice meeting you STEPHANIE LYNCH. The chocolate chip cookies is next in the list. Keep them coming every week. Thanks so much for sharing this with me!!

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