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Weekend Cheers: Christmas Coquito

christmas coquito cocktail

christmas coquito cocktail

Cheers, it's the weekend! Although I've been under the weather a LOT lately, I did have time to whip up this wonderfully festive cocktail last week when I was feeling a bit healthier. I discovered the coquito while searching for alternatives to traditional eggnog drinks and dare I say... I like it better than eggnog? Coconut milk, rum and spices are mixed into a creamy cocktail that would be the star of any cookie exchange or holiday party. The coquito originates from Puerto Rico and is traditionally served at the holidays. Often times it's referred to as the "Puerto Rican eggnog." Serve it cold or over ice in small cordial glasses or mason jars as an after dinner drink. Happy Holidays and Feliz Navidad!

***** Christmas Coquito ****************************************************************************
(serves 8-10)

1 can cream of coconut
6 ounces coconut milk
2 12 ounce cans evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
1 pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
2 cinnamon sticks, broken into smaller pieces
2 cups rum

***** Instructions *************************************************************************

1. Mix all ingredients (excluding the rum) in a large bowl. Add rum to taste.
2. Transfer the mixture to a glass bottle and refrigerate for 24 hours to allow the flavors to develop. Serve chilled in small sherry glasses and garnish with fresh ground nutmeg.


  1. I'm making these cocktails. STAT. So pretty.

  2. I have never tried this but it looks & sounds yummy! A fellow Clever Girl popping in to say hi from

    Happy New Year!

  3. My girlfriend has been talking about these forever, but we keep missing each other for holiday events! They sound delicious - and a wee bit healthy, right?? :) Thanks for the recipe!

  4. I had to check your recipe out! I'm Puerto Rican and also featured this cocktail on my blog recently and I mentioned how this cocktail changes from person to person. I might take some tips from this recipe to better mine. Have a great NYE! - Carla

  5. Love coquito! Ours is always made with the addition of coconut extract to give it a little bit of punch!

  6. @Carla and @Yazmin When I was researching this drink, I was amazed of how many variations there were. I like the idea of added coconut extract. You can never have too much of that flavor in my opinion. Happy New Year!