How to make Coquito, a delicious coconut and rum punch originated in Puerto Rico. This authentic Puerto Rican drink recipe is the best dessert cocktail and easy alternative to eggnog.
How to Make Coquito – An Authentic Puerto Rican Cocktail
My friend Naddia just told me about Coquito and I’m thrilled to share her authentic Puerto Rican rum punch recipe today!
Coquito meaning “Little Coconut” in Spanish is a traditional Christmas drink that originated in Puerto Rico.
This coconut and rum cocktail is often called called Puerto Rican eggnog because it’s similar to eggnog, but without the eggs.
Coquito is a tradition in Puerto Rico and Naddia and her family start making it around Thanksgiving to enjoy throughout the holidays. She makes it every year for friends and clients during the holidays and they LOVE it. I can’t believe I had never heard of this amazing cocktail before now!
I’m happy to add this Puerto Rican tradition to my list of amazing drinks here on the blog. Thanks for the recipe Naddia! I won’t wait for the holidays and will be making it all year round. ha!
If you like RumChata, Eggnog or White Russian cocktails, then Coquito is the drink for you.
Best Dessert Cocktail
After I learned about this amazing dessert drink, I immediately made a big batch for Christmas gifts and it was a hit!
I hope you enjoy this incredible recipe from my friend and the free printable labels I designed to make your own gifts anytime of the year.
What alcohol is used in Coquito?
I’ve seen several recipes that call for various types of rum, but this recipe only uses white rum.
My friend says Don Q is the only brand of rum the Puerto Rican locals use for this dessert cocktail.
What kind of Coconut Cream Should You Use?
Coco Lopez is the brand of choice in Puerto Rico, so we’ll be using that for our recipe.
How do you serve Coquito?
The recipe I’m sharing today makes a large batch. It’s the perfect rum punch to serve at parties.
Make your recipe ahead and chill, then pour into a large punch bowl before guests arrive.
Other ways to serve this cocktail:
- Poured straight into glasses as a dessert cocktail is the simplest way to serve Coquito.
- Get creative and add a mix of cinnamon sugar to the rim of your glasses before serving.
- I love it in my coffee! Coquito and coffee is the most delicious dessert cocktail.
- Garnish your glass with ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks.
How long will Coquito last?
Well, if you don’t drink it right away, store your batch of Coquito in an air-tight container and chill. It will be good for up to 6 months.
After a while, the coconut with solidify. Before serving you’ll want to sit out of the refrigerator for at least 5-10 minutes, then shake well to make smooth again.
You might also like these drink recipes:
- Tropical Rum Punch
- Frozen Watermelon Margaritas
- Skinny Sangria
- Zombie Cocktail
- Passion Fruit Rum Punch
- Best Sangria Recipes
- Mermaid Rum Punch
Download the Free Printable Labels
After you make your big batch of delicious Coquito, print my pretty labels for gift giving!
The design is meant for wrapping around a wine bottle or cutting to place on top of a mason jar lid. Enjoy!
Please share a photo of your gift on Instagram with the hashtag #LivingLocurto. We’d love to see and share!
Best Coquito - Puerto Rican Rum Punch
- 2 cups White Rum Don Q Puerto Rican Rum
- 2 - 14 oz cans sweetened condensed milk
- 2 - 12 oz cans evaporated milk
- ½ can coconut milk 13.5 oz can - unsweetened
- 1 - 15 oz can coconut cream Coco Lopez
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Add all ingredients into a blender. Mix until smooth.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
- Garnish glasses with ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks.
Originally published on December 29, 2019. Last Updated on December 30, 2019 by Amy Locurto