How Do You Make an Authentic Coquito?

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Make an authentic coquito by combining evaporated milk, condensed milk, coconut milk, Puerto Rican white rum and egg yolks. Before drinking, sprinkle the top of the drink with Ceylon cinnamon.

Coquito is a traditional Puerto Rican Christmas drink that requires very little preparation. Blend together 1 can each of evaporated milk, condensed milk and coconut milk, 1 cup of Puerto Rican white rum and 2 egg yolks. Add a pinch of salt. Mix on high until bubbles start to form and the drink takes on a frothy appearance. Refrigerate the drink until is it chilled, serving with a sprinkle of genuine Ceylon cinnamon on top.

A more mild recipe swaps out the condensed milk with 1 can of coconut cream and forgoes the egg yolks completely. Blend the rest of the ingredients together including 1 10-ounce bottle of white rum. Top with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.

There is also an authentic recipe for those who prefer an authentic non-alcoholic or virgin version of the drink. Blend 1 can of evaporated milk, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 can of sweetened cream of coconut and 1 can of coconut milk. Replace the rum with 1 cup of whole milk and 1 cup of water. Add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Blend thoroughly, add 1 split vanilla bean and 2 cinnamon sticks, and chill before serving.