Coquito Recipe (Puerto Rican Eggnog)

How to prepare Puerto Rican eggnog, known as coquito.

There are several recipes that turn up in a Google search for Coquito, which paints a somewhat conflicting picture of how the drink is to be made.

I'm not Puerto Rican, but I've tasted a homemade batch of this stuff in Puerto Rico, and found that the results of the recipe (below) seemed to match with the memory of the beverage. Completely accurate or not, it's a wonderfully addictive drink.

I needed to make a large batch of Coquito, and scaled the ingredients to match a single 750ml bottle of rum.

Recipe for Coquito

The following will make approximately 40 (8oz) servings of Coquito:

  • One 750ml bottle of white rum
  • 60 ounces of evaporated milk
  • 60 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
  • 60 ounces of cream of coconut
  • 10 egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 2.5 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • One tablespoon of ground cloves
  • One tablespoon of shaved nutmeg
  • 4 pounds of ice (approximately)

If you think in metric, Google provides quick and easy conversions to these measurements.

Preparation

  1. Get a very large pot and mix the egg yolks (yellow part) with the evaporated milk.
  2. Place the pot on the stove and bring the contents to a simmer, stirring continuously.
  3. Remove from heat source and mix in the rum, condensed milk, cream of coconut, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Use a blender.
  4. Place the mixture in a refrigerator until cool.
  5. Prior to serving, pour a portion of the mixture into a blender with an arbitrary amount ice. Blend until no ice remains.
  6. Serve in a festive glass and garnish with additional nutmeg shavings or a cinnamon stick if so inclined.

The mixture is quite sweet, and needs the ice to water it down ever so slightly.

The drink is nowhere near strong enough to get you drunk—eggnog is much too filling for such things—rather, the rum adds a nice tropical flavor to the drink. Cognac is sometimes used instead, and said to create a delightfully complex taste.

Cost

The ingredients purchased to make this in Peru aren't particularly cheap when totaled together, but worth the expense. This was the price breakdown of items purchased on December 24, 2007:

  • One 750ml bottle of white rum: 20.90 soles
  • Six packages of evaporated milk: 10.40 soles
  • Five cans of sweetened condensed milk: 19.25 soles
  • Five cans of cream of coconut: 28.00 soles
  • A dozen eggs: 4.50 soles
  • Bottle of vanilla extract: 1.00 sol
  • Bag of ground cinnamon: 2.60 soles
  • Bag of ground cloves: 1.90 soles
  • Bag with three nutmegs: 2.20 soles
  • Ice: 4.00 soles
  • Total: 94.75 Peruvian nuevos soles (US$32)
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