A few Sundays ago the Drinking Partners, Ed Bailey and Day Bracey, invited me up to the Black Forge Coffee House in Allentown. In honor of this special occasion, I made one of the most delicious holiday drinks to have ever come out of Puerto Rico: COQUITO. Trading conversation for coquito proved to be a successful afternoon, to listen to the whole podcast you can click here.
Say it with me: "co-key-toe".
Coquito is coconut milk and rum beverage made almost exclusively during the holiday season (which for Puerto Ricans lasts until Three Kings Day on January 6th). The holiday cocktail is similar to egg nog, but made with coconut milk and rum. Visit any Puerto Rican during the holiday season and you can usually spot a bottle of Coquito in someone's fridge. It's probably the creamy looking deliciousness poured into in an old rum bottle (pictured to the right).
Puerto Ricans love Coquito so much, there's even a song about it.
It's easy to make!
- 1 cup Coconut milk (I used Silk Coconut milk)
- Two 12 oz cans of evaporated milk
- 1 can of crema de coco (coconut cream
- 1/2 cup of leche condensada
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1-1 1/2 cups white rum (Don Q preferred!)
- 1 teaspoon of nutmeg (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cinnamon stick
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 2-3 minutes. Pour into a glass container and put into the fridge to chill. Serve in a fancy glass with a cinnamon stick as garnish. Enjoy!