Inside the Mind of Isadora

Coquito – A Traditional Puerto Rican Libation




Coquito is a traditional drink served at Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

The drink is similar to eggnog.

In many households it was prepared days ahead in order to allow the flavors and the rum to blend well.

This particular recipe does not call for raw eggs.

Nor does it call for you to crack open a fresh coconut; however, if available you can.

It’s a very simple mixed drink.

Coquito is served with pasteles. The recipe for that is here.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


2 -15-ounce cans cream of coconut

2 – 14-ounce cans condensed milk

6 ounces white rum (use less or more if you’d like)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon coconut (or vanilla) extract


1. Mix all ingredients in a blender.

2. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving.

Serve cold with a cinnamon stick as garnish

Serves: This recipe makes about 36 ounces.

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

17 thoughts on “Coquito – A Traditional Puerto Rican Libation

  1. well I am glad I had a chance to peek at some past posts here – because this is why I blog – to learn about cultures and recipes and traditions – and next year I am going to make a batch of this — Coquito – mmm – sounds like something that many people would love to try – so thanks for sharing…


  2. This sounds luscious Issy, merry Christmas my dear!


  3. Sounds lovely!

    Many blessing for Christmas and for 2015!


  4. Sounds like a delicious drink! I have to try it! 🙂
    Happy Holidays, my dear Isadora. 🙂


  5. Hi Isadora, Merry Christmas to you, thanks for the recipe, I’m done shopping for today, but maybe I can get it for the new year!


  6. Your recipe reminds me of a particular Christmas when my oldest sister and I spiked the home-made eggnog a little too much, and got a little merrier than one of other sisters cared for. We had a blast messing with her that year. The drunker we got, the madder she got. I still laugh when I think of that Christmas. I hope yours, this year, is just as merry. 🙂


  7. I should have passed this post up. I LOVE EGGNOG.

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  8. Back-to-back cultural treats … Woo hoo!!! Of the two, I would probably prefer the pasteles. Thanks for sharing a cultural tradition … Merry Christmas and a toast to your kindness!

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