Coquito – Puerto Rican Christmas Eggnog

Coquito - Puerto Rican Christmas Eggnog
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 Rico’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 ‘A Taste of Puerto Rico’ 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 (don’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



  1. Chris says

    When my wife and I first moved to Puerto Rico, we had the good fortune of being offered this drink. Let me tell you how good it is…my wife doesn’t drink anything except wine. However, when she tasted this drink, she drank it all!

  2. Coqui says

    I have to agree with you. When I have been offered egg nog in the past I have always turned it down. On arriving here in Puerto Rico and trying the Coquito, I could not believe how good it was.

    Now, I have to say that this Christmas I have tried several (just to be polite, of course) and some were better than others. Sometimes they can be a little too thick.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment

  3. Chris says

    Hi, “Coqui”. No problem…I appreciate this site that you have up. It is very informative and helpful. For instance, I took your advice, like many other people did, and used the mass transit system to ride into Old San Juan for the San Sebastian Street Festival this past weekend. Man, what a time-saver!!! I would’ve hated to be stuck in the traffic heading into and in Old San Juan. Thanks for all the information and insight into life in Puerto Rico!!!

  4. Carmen says

    My future son-in-law is African-American and has never had Coqui. My sister made some coqui last year at her xmas party and my future son-in-law feel in love with it. He enjoyed it so much that we had to carry him home. My sister makes a good coqui but no one tops my moms. Thanx.

  5. Peter says

    It is delicious! I grew up in Perth Amboy,NJ which has a large Puerto Rican population. I enjoyed this when I was a young kid!

  6. Nydia says

    I made coquito for the holidays, but when I put in in the fridge, it was too thick, I couldn’t pour it in the glass. What can I do to fix it. I don’t want it to go to waste. I want some too. Please help!!

  7. miriam says

    I do my coquito but intead of egg yolk I use a can of egg nog . and all the others ingredient I dont used water . Delicioso


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