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Coquito is a seasonal Puerto Rican drink made with coconut milk and cream with warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Welcome to the holiday season with this unique and festive drink. It will be a new holiday tradition!

I love making homemade drinks during the holidays! All year round I look forward to colder weather so I can make my favorite white hot chocolate. My family especially loves it when I put some Wassail on the stove all day, the house smells like Christmas! If you are new to Christmas drinks, you must try this easy Christmas cranberry orange punch, you will be so glad you did.

Coquito with a cinnamon stick in it and green branches behind it.

What is Coquito?

It’s my new favorite holiday tradition! It is a drink traditionally served around the holidays in Puerto Rico. It’s a coconut-based drink that’s so creamy and delicious, and made festive by adding warm spices like cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It’s sweet and bright and warm at the same time! I loved serving it to my guests, and they all asked me for the recipe! I served coquito with pumpkin pie and it was a combination I will make again and again!

Normally you don’t think of coconut on holidays (except coconut cream pie at our house!). But this drink is perfectly spiced to remind you of everything you love about Thanksgiving and Christmas! Coquito is not the same as lawyer, although some people call it the Puerto Rican lawyer. Coquito has a coconut base while eggnog has a, you guessed it, egg base. It is a unique and delicious drink that will become a regular part of your holiday recipes!

Ingredients

I’ve added rum extract to make this recipe kid-friendly, but most recipes call for rum. Coquito is so easy to make and packed with delicious ingredients that are not hard to find. These ingredients also last a long time in the pantry, so you can whip it up without running to the store. The exact dimensions can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Canned coconut milk: You should be able to find this in the canned section of your grocery store. It makes a great pantry and gives the drink its delicious and creamy taste.
  • Coconut cream (Coco Lopez): You should be able to find this at your local grocery store or on Amazon. It enhances the coconut flavor and makes a huge difference.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: So sweet and creamy! This ingredient is thicker and is the sweetener for the entire drink.
  • evaporated milk: Also adds creaminess and flavor. You may be able to try other milks here, but I’ve never tried it and evaporated milk is usually what’s in coquito.
  • Vanilla extract: A little vanilla takes these flavors to the next level.
  • Ground cinnamon: Perfectly warm and goes great with rum if you add that.
  • Ground nutmeg: It’s a holiday spice you’ll miss if you don’t add it!
  • Ground cloves: Cloves are actually a bit sweet and go great with coconut.
  • Rum extract: This is optional. You can omit it or add real rum instead. It’s up to you and how you want to serve it!
Process photos showing all the ingredients on the counter and then add to the blender.

How do you make Coquito?

I love a good dump and do recipe! Especially around the holidays. You already have enough to think about. With this drink, you just get the ingredients from the pantry, dump them in the blender and you have a great dessert drink that everyone will love!

  1. To blend: Combine the coconut milk, coconut cream, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Hang out: Transfer the mixture to a pitcher or container and refrigerate for up to 4 hours to allow the flavors to meld and cool.
  3. Shake: Shake or stir before serving.
  4. garnish: Pour into glasses and garnish with a pinch of cinnamon, cinnamon stick or sweetened coconut flakes.
Coquito is poured into a glass with green branches and lights behind it.

Tips for making coquito

Everyone has their own style when it comes to coquito. And there are so many great ways to make it, don’t be afraid to get creative and make it your own. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of this recipe.

  • Add rum: Coquito usually contains rum, so if you add rum to this recipe, you can take a can of coconut milk and add a cup of rum. Usually it’s a Puerto Rican white rum, but you can use your favorite too! And go light on the rum at first, you can always add more if you need to!
  • Serve cool: This drink really tastes best cold. I recommend refrigerating it for at least 4 hours before serving.
  • Shake before drinking: Since this drink is really creamy, shake or stir well before drinking it.

A hand holding coquito over a table.

Store leftovers

Coquito makes great leftovers because you can keep it in the fridge for a long time! Also nice to give as a gift to others in such a cute bottle. Everyone loves a homemade gift and this one brings the Christmas spirit with it.

  • In the fridge: Store scallops in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 4 months. I’ve heard it can be stored in the fridge for up to 6 months, especially if you add rum.


  • Combine the coconut milk, coconut cream, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a blender and blend until smooth.

  • Transfer the mixture to a pitcher or container and refrigerate for up to 4 hours to allow the flavors to meld and cool.

  • Shake or stir before serving.

  • Pour into glasses and garnish with a pinch of cinnamon, cinnamon stick or sweetened coconut flakes.



Serves: 16

calories340kcal (17%)Carbohydrates37g (12%)Egg white5g (10%)Fat20g (31%)Saturated fat17g (85%)Polyunsaturated Fat0.3gmonounsaturated fat2gcholesterol15mg (5%)Sodium75mg (3%)potassium289mg (8%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar35g (39%)Vitamin A118IU (2%)Vitamin C2mg (2%)Calcium136mg (14%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is an estimate only. Every recipe and nutritional value will depend on the brands you use, measurement methods and portion sizes per household.

Class drink

kitchen Puerto Rico

keyword Coquito, holiday drink

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