How to Make Puerto Rican Coquito – Easy 5-Ingredient Coquito Recipe {Video}

by Melanie Edwards on December 12, 2014 · 2 comments

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In many Puerto Rican households, you can always tell when the holiday season has begun because coquito begins to make an appearance. Coquito is a Puerto Rican holiday drink and just as eggnog is loved in American households during the holidays, coquito also has a special place. It’s hard to find a Puerto Rican household without coquito on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) or Navidad (Christmas), as it’s common to serve it alongside our traditional meal of arroz con gandules, pernil, and pasteles.

How to Make Coquito

Just like many foods, the coquito recipe may vary slightly depending on the individual. Some people make coquito with egg and others without, but there’s no denying the basic ingredients of coconut, milk, and rum. It makes for a deliciously rich and creamy holiday cocktail, perfect for your holiday entertaining! Let me show you in the video below how to make coquito – you’ll see it’s ridiculously simple – then, read on for the full recipe!

How to Make Coquito {Video}

Coquito Recipe (Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog-ish Holiday Drink)


  • 1 can condensed milk, 14 oz
  • 1 can evaporated milk, 12 oz
  • 1 can cream of coconut, 15 oz
  • 3/4 – 1 cup white rum (to your liking) – You can use whichever brand you prefer.
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

How to Make Coquito: Recipe Ingredients

How to Make Coquito

  1. Add all ingredients to blender.
  2. Blend on low speed until mixed well and pour into large bottle.
  3. Chill in refrigerator for best taste.
  4. Serve with more cinnamon sprinkled on top. Enjoy!

Now that you know how to make coquito, you can delight your holiday party guests with the creamy, coconut drink. Or make a few batches to hand out as gifts to your friends and family! You really can’t go wrong with coquito this holiday season!

How to Make Coquito Recipe

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Will you be trying our coquito recipe this holiday season?

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa December 18, 2014 at 7:05 am

This recipe looks super easy. Do you keep the coquito cold until served or is it ok to leave out on the table for serving?

I made your tembleque yesterday at my office holiday party. It was a hit. Thank you so much. Please keep the recipes coming. Love it.


Melanie Edwards December 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Yes, Lisa, keep it cold in the fridge! The flavors will blend well. You can leave it out for a little bit while serving, but cold is best!
So glad to hear the tembleque was a hit! Appreciate the feedback! 🙂


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