Sweet, creamy, and comforting, the warm spices and vanilla in this boozy winter drink blend well with a Coquito's classic coconut flavor. Similar to a holiday eggnog, Coquito is a traditional Christmas punch in Puerto Rico. Served cold, the drink mixes a variety of coconut ingredients with run and spices for the ultimate holiday beverage. If you're unsure of where to locate coconut milk at your grocery store, try the ethnic aisle or near the canned milk products. Be sure to buy coconut cream, which is unsweetened, not cream of coconut, which is very sweet. After refrigerating, whisk vigorously before serving. You can also serve over ice to dilute alcohol or sweetness. Prepare a party-sized batch for your next holiday cookie swap, and your drink just might outshine the sugar-coated competition. Serve topped with toasted coconut chips or with a coconut rim, and it may become your new Christmas party staple.

Coquito Drink
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Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
Serves 12 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)


  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 (13.66-oz.) can unsweetened coconut cream

  • 1 (13.66-oz.) can unsweetened coconut milk, well-shaken and stirred

  • 2 (12-oz.) cans evaporated milk

  • 1 cup (8 oz.) white rum

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus more for garnish

  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)


  1. Process sweetened condensed milk, coconut cream, and coconut milk in a blender until completely smooth, about 15 seconds; transfer mixture to a large bowl or pitcher.

  2. Whisk in evaporated milk, rum, vanilla, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

  3. Uncover mixture, and whisk well before serving. Fill glasses with ice, and add 3/4 cup coquito to each glass. Garnish with nutmeg. If desired, serve with cinnamon sticks.

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