I don’t want you guys to think I’m crazy or anything but I hate eggnog. I love egg salad, omelets, most all baked goods that have eggs in it but eggnog is just…I don’t know…too thick or something. The texture and flavor sort of reminds me of buttermilk.
I know a lot of people love eggnog this time of year. I watched my brothers in law enjoy plenty of eggnog over the Thanksgiving holiday (hey, Jess). It’s just not for me. But, I think I’ve found an egg free drink solution that’s just as festive…enter the Coquito.
As most of you know, I live in Florida and South Florida in particular has a rich and thriving Latino culture. A coquito is an authentic Puerto Rican beverage and is commonly made during the Christmas season. The thick, rich drink is served cold and enjoyed with family and friends. I can’t believe I’m a 6th generation native Floridian and this holiday season was my first time trying one of these yummy drinks. It may just be a new favorite. Here’s how you can make one too…
1 can evaporated milk
1 can coconut milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
½ cup rum (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus more for garnish
cinnamon sticks (optional)
Pour evaporated milk, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, rum (optional), vanilla extract and ground cinnamon into the bowl of a blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes.
Pour mixture into food safe glass bottles. These bottles came from Hobby Lobby but I’ve also seen them at Home Goods and Marshalls.
Chill in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours.
To serve, shake mixture in the bottle well to combine. Pour coquito into glasses. Garnish with a pinch of ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks and enjoy.
Can you believe they’re so easy to make? You’re gonna love them!
If you’re making this as an adult beverage please remember to drink in moderation. Drinking and driving is totally uncool so don’t even think about it. Cool people call cabs or call a friend. I know you want to be cool this holiday season. I definitely want you to be cool.