About two years ago I posted my first coquito recipe on this blog and now I have an updated recipe for you that is definitely better than the first one.
For those that don’t know what coquito is, it is a Puerto Rican Christmas drink that is traditional served during the holidays. I was born in Puerto Rico and live in the island till I was six years old before we move to the states. I usually make coquito for Christmas to give to my mom, as she absolutely loves it.
This year’s recipe is different than my original recipe. I’ve gone fully traditional with my coquito and have added eggs. Don’t fret, for those of you that want the recipe without eggs you can refer to my original recipe. Let’s get started.
I captured a picture of the ingredient above. One thing to note, the Bacardi bottle is filled with coquito as I always repurpose the bottle.
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
3 egg yolks
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 can (15 ounces) cream of coconut
12 ounces of white rum (I used Bacardi and you can use more or less as you wish)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Dash of ground cloves
Dash of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Take the eggs and separate the egg yolks. Place your egg yolks in a little bowl and mix them up. Put aside for a second or two. Take the evaporated milk and add into a deep saucepan followed by the egg yolks.
Mix the egg yolks and the evaporated milk well. For this, I used a hand mixer.
After mixing, begin cooking at medium heat. You will need to continuously stir this mixture for about 5 minutes. It’s important you continue to stir to avoid the egg from cooking. You can set a 5-minute timer if you like.
When the 5 minutes are up, remove from heat. You will now need to add, the sweetened condensed milk, cream of coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and nutmeg. When all these ingredients are added mix everything again. I used my hand mixer for this step.
The last part is the best part, adding the rum. I have added 12 ounces (1.5 cups); yes this might be too much for some. If it too much alcohol for you, please add less.
And you are done! Now all you need to do is chill the coquito and I personally like to chill overnight. It is important you note this is not a pint glass drink. You serve small portions, possibly in a shot glass for you to sip. I serve a small portion in whisky glasses.
In order to gift to my mom, I take my empty Bacardi bottle I repurpose it by pouring the coquito in there to store for her.
This drink is sweet, and the eggs in there give it an extra creamy touch. For me, it’s Christmas in a glass. It reminds me of being back in Puerto Rico and participating in parrandas (Musical festivities during Christmas. A small group gathers and surprises friends/family at their house with music. They leave that house and keep visiting houses as the group continuously gets bigger and bigger). It simply makes me smile.
From my family to yours, Happy Holidays!
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