Celebrating Christmas Eve with Coquito!

by Melanie Edwards on December 24, 2009 · 10 comments

in Puerto Rico, Recipes

It’s Noche Buena…Feliz Navidad!

It may sound strange, but as I’ve mentioned before, Christmas Eve is actually the day that we get together and celebrate. Normally, our whole family gathers at someone’s house and we have our typical Noche Buena dinner. A traditional Puerto Rican Christmas Eve dinner has the following dishes:

  • Arroz con Gandules – Yellow rice with pigeon peas
  • Pernil – Roasted pork shoulder
  • Pasteles – Green banana with a pork filling

We might also make some other side dishes, but those are just extras. The required dishes are the arroz, pernil, and pasteles. Without them, basically, it’s not Christmas Eve.

Typically, in most houses, you’ll also find coquito. Coquito is an alcoholic drink based on rum and coconut. It’s our holiday drink, so many refer to it as the Puerto Rican Eggnog. But, though some do make it with egg, most don’t. So, it’s really a very different drink.

A couple of years back, I posted this recipe for coquito. But, it’s not even the recipe I use anymore. Many have asked me recently how to make coquito, so I figured I’d share the recipe I currently use. I made some last night and went ahead and made a video as well.

How to Make Puerto Rican Coquito

Recipe for Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)

You will need a blender, an empty bottle, and a funnel. Mix all of the ingredients in the blender and blend at high speed. Then, pour into the empty bottle using the funnel.

That’s it! It’s a really simple recipe and takes all of 2 minutes to make. I think the longest part is opening the cans. 😉 If you end up trying the recipe, I’d love to hear how you like it.

I hope that all of you have a great Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) and a Merry Christmas! I intend to enjoy some great food, loving family, and some delicious coquito!

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1 Renee December 25, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Merry Christmas! I might make coquito one day!

2 Melanie (ModernMami) December 29, 2009 at 12:13 am

@Renee, Let me know how you like it if you end up making it!

3 niri December 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm

This sounds so delish! Now to find white rum so I can make it.

4 Melanie (ModernMami) January 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

@niri, Ohhh white rum is easy to find! Let me know how it goes.

5 Enjoys this drink February 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Very good. I add vanilla ice cream and it is yummy. I think I am going to make this throughout the year.

6 modernmami March 3, 2010 at 7:01 am

I've never heard of adding ice cream to coquito! I bet that is DELICIOUS!

7 modernmami March 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I’ve never heard of adding ice cream to coquito! I bet that is DELICIOUS!

8 modernmami March 3, 2010 at 8:01 am

I've never heard of adding ice cream to coquito! I bet that is DELICIOUS!

9 Generac Generator September 28, 2010 at 2:12 am

Thx for th video :), see the Generac Generator

10 PR Princess December 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I love that your recipe doesn’t use raw eggs. I can’t wait to try it!

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