Coquito – the Puerto Rican holiday treat

Coquito is a Puerto Rican drink made from a variety of milks and rum.  It’s a holiday or special occasion drink usually served for Christmas or New Year’s Eve.  It’s a very simple, quick recipe.  My mother-in-law, Lillian, and I made the coquito in a very short time. Well, she made it and I took photos.  I stirred once in a while, too, so technically that counts.

You need a large pitcher because it does make a lot.  Keep it chilled in the fridge  and serve it after dinner or with dessert.  This is the recipe from a Puerto Rican cookbook.  I’ll translate it below.

1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk (added to give it sweetness)
1 14 oz can of evaporated milk
1 can of coconut milk (the recipe calls for 2 cans of evaporated milk, so this is a change from the recipe)
1 can of cream of coconut
2 cups rum
pinch of salt
sprinkle cinnamon on top if desired

Open cans and pour into the pitcher.  Stir well after each addition. After adding the rum, stir again and put in fridge to chill and enjoy.

Coquito ingredients

Add evaporated milk

Add cream of coconut

Add coconut milk and stir

Add sweetened condensed milk

1 cup of rum

Second cup of rum

Stir well, chill and enjoy

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