Puerto Rican Coquito & other fine Navidad traditions

by Melanie Edwards on December 21, 2006 · 6 comments

in Puerto Rico,Recipes

Before I sign off for the holidays, I couldn’t leave without sharing the recipe for coquito (let’s call it a Puerto Rican version of eggnog – but better! lol).

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CoquitoCoquito – from http://www.elboricua.com/coquito.html

30 ounces coconut milk
14 ounces condensed milk
1 cup Bacardi rum
½ cup water
pinch of salt
½ tsp. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in the blender. Taste and [add] more rum if you like it stronger. You need to add the water because it will get thicker later in the fridge. Pour into a bottle and refrigerate well. Make ahead for richer flavor. Serve in small glassware.
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You can also read up on the traditions of a Puerto Rican Christmas and another great dish – pasteles.

My baby girl had her first pastel earlier this month when we had the all day cooking fest.

I’m not sure if she liked it, but she ate some of it, actually, most of it got on her clothes, but such is toddler feeding.

Anyway, FELIZ NAVIDAD!

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1 The Sarccastik Variable Why December 21, 2006 at 1:20 pm

okay i need to read up on puerto rican Xmas…pasteles…okay i’ll check it out….i don’t know about the coquito…i think i’m nervous about drinking milk w/alcohol….but it looks good

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2 P December 21, 2006 at 2:26 pm

Thank you for this. . .

I have been looking to learn how to cook puerto rican dishes, drinks, etc. . .I love the food. . .

Yummy. Thank you! Merry Christmas. . .

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3 The Goddess December 22, 2006 at 1:49 pm

The coquito sounds so good. If I still drank I would have to try making that and get my tipsy on. LOL

Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

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4 Sylvia December 26, 2006 at 3:42 pm

OMGoodness…I wanted some of my abuelo’s coquito SOOOO bad! LOL…I had to cover it up with my hand everytime I passed by it so that I wouldnt sit there staring at the bottle. Mmmmmm.

I cant even count the pasteles I ate this Christmas, lol. I had 2 when I got there and another during the party…another before I went to the store…and took 3 home. Hahaha… Good job introducing pasteles to ur baby girl early! A lot of people say it’s an acquired taste? *shrug*

I hope your Christmas was wonderful!!!

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5 NtycnBoricua December 28, 2006 at 1:22 pm

I think you either like pasteles or you don’t. I’m not sure you can learn to like them, but I figure if she starts to know what they are early on, she has a better chance. ;)

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