Coquito (Puerto Rican Holiday Coco Nog)

Coquito | Christmas isn’t Christmas without a glass of cold coquito (co-kee-to). If you don’t know what’s coquito my heart hurts for you because it’s the best thing EVER! I like to call it eggnog’s better tasting sassy cousin. Even though it’s nothing like eggnog.

I make bottles of this every year and give away as gifts to friends and family. Bring a bottle of coquito to any holiday party and I am positive you will be invited back the next year.

Like many traditional foods or drinks that coquito can trigger some passionate debate. The biggest debate regarding coquito is with or without egg yolk.

Everyone that is familiar with coquito stands firmly in one camp. I am firmly in the no egg yolk camp. My abuela and mother made it with no egg yolk so I make it with no egg yolk. I always say coquito isn’t eggnog it’s coquito

Now I’m not knocking eggnog. In fact, my friend Rebecca has a killer eggnog recipe. But eggnog and coquito are not the same thing.

Abuela once told me that the addition of egg yolk was the influence of the classic American Christmas drink eggnog. How true that is I can’t say but I continue to stand firm in the no egg yolk camp. If your abuela made it with egg yolk go for it.

PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 1 minute
INACTIVE TIME 1 hour 39 minutes
TOTAL TIME 1 hour 50 minutes


  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups (1 15 oz can) cream of coconut (like Coco Lopez)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup white rum
  • cinnamon sticks for garnish


  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender at high speed.
  2. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.
  3. Shake well before serving.
  4. Serve cold in a small glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick.
  5. notes
  6. Coquito (without egg) will last in an airtight container refrigerated for 4-6 months.
  7. If the some of the coconut fat solidifies let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes and give it a good shake before serving.

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