The Holidays feel like they came and went out of nowhere and with just a few days left before 2022, we got you covered with another Latino fave: Coquito. This amazing drink pairs well with other fave Latino dishes we’ve recommended, or you can just have it all by itself. Either way, this drink is sent from heaven and our recipe will yield the coquito of your dreams.
Coquito originates from Puerto Rico, but it’s widely known across Latin America, as a warm, nostalgic drink to enjoy during the holidays; but don’t let that stop you from drinking it throughout the year. This delicious drink is surprisingly easy to make and for many Puerto Ricans, “tastes like home.”
Here’s how to recreate the traditional coquito recipe:
Ingredients for the Coquito
Let’s start with the ingredients, you might already have most of this at home. When it comes to traditional recipes like this one, most families have things they add and remove to their liking. So remember, you can be as flexible as you want, you can add eggs to make it even fluffier or raisins for added taste amongst other things!
But here are the basics:
- Coconut milk (1 can, 13.5 oz): it’s what gives it that creamy texture, so I definitely don’t recommend skipping out on this one!
- Cinnamon Sticks: 3
- Sweetened condensed milk 14 oz: because if it was already creamy, it’s about to get cloud level fluffy.
- Coconut cream 15 oz: Another irreplaceable ingredient. We are creating an experience here so trust me.
- Evaporated milk 4 oz
- Ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon
- Ground Cinnamon ½ teaspoon
- Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon
- Dark Spiced Rum 1-½ cups: this one is in fact skippable, and completely up to you!
How to prepare the Coquito
Like we said before, Coquito’s super easy! Most recipes recommend that you prepare it a few days in advance from the date you’ll serve it, so the ingredients can sit in the fridge and enrich the drink with their flavor. It can also be prepared on the same day though, just make sure you have around 4 hours to let it sit in the fridge.
Grab all of the ingredients, except the rum, and mix them in a blender until you get a fluffy texture, then add the rum and mix again. Pour it into a closed glass container and leave it in the fridge for 2-4 hours (or for as long as you want) and that’s it!
And if you wanna mix it up and add a few unique ingredients of your own, and you can add more cinnamon on top once it’s been served, or other toppings like almonds, to add even more flavor and texture.
Enjoy! And if you do end up trying it, send us a picture on Twitter @luzcollective! Happy Holidays from the Luz Family.