December 11, 2011

Coquito....Tropical Eggnog

During the holiday celebrations many kinds of beverages are consumed. Caribbean countries usually have their preferred beverage of choice. In the Island of Puerto Rico, USA, the preferred holiday spirit is "coquito". The word is a diminutive of the word "coco" or coconut. It is mainly composed of a white rum, coconut and milk mixture.
Be forewarned!! This is not your typical eggnog! 
The beverage was born during Prohibition, which being a U.S. Commonwealth, Puerto Rico was a part of.  During that time native farmers prepared a "moonshine" - illegal liquor mixture - called cañita (pronounced canyeeta). Caña (canyeeah) is sugarcane, which was a major industry in the island and used for making rum.  It was so strong that federal agents could detect where the stills were, from miles away. In order to drink, it had to be mixed with a fruit juice. With the coconut tree being so fruitful due to the tropical climate, the coconut was "the chosen fruit " for making the "coquito". That was how the beverage "coquito" was derived. It is the main beverage of choice during the Christmas, Three Kings Day and New Year celebrations in many Latino communities, especially Puerto Rico. The main ingredients are coconut cream, condensed milk, evaporated milk, white rum and cinnamon. Some recipes use nutmeg and/or vanilla extract to taste.
This is the simple recipe, others require you to use the meat from inside the coconut, grinding it and boiling cinnamon sticks, etc. That recipe requires another post!

Feliz Navidad everyone!

 Simple version of "Coquito"                                         
*1 can evaporated milk  (2% can be used)                                
*1 can condensed milk                                                               
*1 can Creme of Coconut (Coco Lopez is preferred if available)
*3 egg yolks or substitute in equivalent amount
*1 1/2 cups white rum (less can be used if desired)
*1  1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon for mix
*extra cinnamon for garnish as desired
*cinnamon stick to serve with beverage
*glass bottle

You will also need:
*glass bottle for chilling and storing in refrigerator

 Add the contents of the cans into blender, one at a time. Add the 3 egg yolks or substitute. Add the 1 1/2 cups white rum or less. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon ( you can add a little extra if you like more cinnamon flavor).
Use a funnel to pour into a glass bottle and chill in refrigerator for at least a half hour before serving .Use dessert glasses or other small drinking vessel. You should not serve large amounts in a large glass. Use the extra cinnamon as garnish over drink and serve with a cinnamon stick as swizzle.
Ingredients needed

Place ingredients in blender one at a time and blend for 1 minute.
Great for gifts.
Use a glass bottle


1 comment:

  1. This seriously sounds good. I love eggnog, and I know you said this is not a "traditional" eggnog but sounds so well with trying and seeing how good it is. I love your holiday background. Thanks for joining in on Sunday's Best and sharing your recipe with us.