Here in Puerto Rico there are many traditional foods and drinks that appear over the Christmas Holiday Season and Coquito is one of my favorites.
Coquito is Puerto Ricoâ€™s Christmas eggnog and it is delicious. If you are here in Puerto Rico over the Christmas period, more than likely you will be offered a glass or two during your stay. If you are unfortunate, to be elsewhere, you can always make your own.
The following recipe is taken from â€˜A Taste of Puerto Ricoâ€™ by Yvonne Ortiz (one of my favorite Puerto Rican Cook Books).
Coquito Ingredients (makes 5 cups):
1 cup of coconut milk
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup white rum
1 cup of water
3 cinnamon sticks
4 egg yolks, well beaten
Ground cinnamon for decoration
In a blender or food processor combine the milks and the rum.
Boil the water and the cinnamon sticks, then allow to cool to room temperature (donâ€™t forget to remove cinnamon sticks),
Combine all of the ingredients (except ground cinnamon) and beat well using a blender or food processor.
Pour the Coquito into glass bottles and refrigerate until you are ready to drink.
Serve the chilled Coquito and add cinnamon to decorate