If you haven't noticed by now, I'm very clearly trying to get you all drunk for the holidays! ;) If a hot toddy or hot chocolate aren't your thing, maybe, Coquito is. It's a holiday drink from Puerto Rico, similar to eggnog in terms of texture (but tastes so much better, IMO), that's full of rum, and yummy coconut flavors (hence the name)! The first time I ever tried Coquito, is when I was in art school a few years ago living with my roommate (and one of my bfffs), who got a care package from her mother around Christmas time. She pulls out this Bicardi bottle from the package, filled with this creamy looking stuff, and we both grab a glass to try some. You should've seen my face light up, it was so good! It was creamy, and sweet, and cinnamony, and coconutty, and you couldn't really taste the rum, so, I definitely got tipsy without realizing why haha. I probably could've drank the entire bottle myself, sadly. After we parted ways from our dorm life, I posted a comment on her Facebook begging for the recipe, and her mother commented back telling me how to make it, I laugh because her measurement for rum, was simply, "A lot" (she wasn't kidding).
For my recipe, since I made such a small batch for the first time, I erred on the side of caution, and only added a few ounces. Traditionally, though, this stuff has a lot (like, one or two CUPS worth) of rum in it, so feel free to add more if you'd like.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- 1 Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 Can of Evaporated Milk
- 1 Can of Cream of Coconut (Crema de Coco)
- 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon (or one cinnamon stick)
- 3-4 oz. (or more) Puerto Rican Rum
Put all your ingredients in a blender, and blend until everything is well combined and smooth.
Pour your mixture into a pitcher, or empty wine/liquor bottle and chill for at least two hours (but, I find that it's better after like two days, once all the flavors get released).
When you're ready to serve this, shake the bottle well, pour into a small glass, and sprinkle with cinnamon! Enjoy!
This recipe is delicious on it's own, but, if you want to experiment with different ingredients, have at it! There are many different versions of coquito, so, try it a bunch of different ways until you find what you like!