Coquito: Coconut Eggnog or Not Eggnog

One. Last. Treat.  Coquito… Coconut eggnog.  ‘Cause one kind of eggnog is never enough.  

Coquito, Coconut eggnog, a blend of coconut, sweetened condensed & evaporated milks. Egg optional. 'Cause one kind of eggnog is never enough.

It’s been quite the holiday eat-a-thon, err, season. With out-of-state college kids home for the holidays, life has felt like one big party—even between the formal parties!  

Of course the season isn’t over and it would never do to neglect New Year’s Eve.  So today I’m making Coquito, or coconut eggnog.  And to help prepare for back to school, I am sharing some background and “controversy” surrounding it.  

That’s right, eggnog intrigue, right here on these pages.

Coquito, Coconut eggnog, a blend of coconut, sweetened condensed & evaporated milks. Egg optional. ‘Cause one kind of eggnog is never enough.

Ready for winter!

What is Coquito?

Now in case you are a coconut eggnog newbie like me, I am going to start with a formal definition. Per Wikipedia “Coquito, meaning Little Coconut in Spanish, is a traditional Christmas drink that originated in Puerto Rico. The coconut-based alcoholic beverage is similar to eggnog, hence it is sometimes called Puerto Rican Eggnog.”

Yes, imagine all the richness of eggnog with lovely coconut overtones.  Deliciousness, right?  

Now despite the comparison to eggnog, many coquito recipes contain no egg, which brings us to the first controversy… to egg or not to egg

To Egg or Not to Egg

Since I’m pretty convinced that the original version of coquito probably didn’t contain egg, I decided to start with an egg-free version.  In my best America’s Test Kitchen mode I threw all the ingredients into the blender and whizzed up.  It was delicious. 

Coquito, Coconut eggnog, a blend of coconut, sweetened condensed & evaporated milks. Egg optional. ‘Cause one kind of eggnog is never enough.

Clumps in egg-free version

But floating all over the top, were unappealing clumps of fine coconut oil slivers—which led to quick rejection by (both of) my tasters. I tried heating and whisking but as soon as it cooled down again, the clumps returned.   

Now since this drink was originally from Puerto Rico, I had to wonder if in a warmer climate, the clumps would be softer and less of a problem (though the drink is supposed to be refrigerated).  But clearly in a Wisconsin winter, this would have to be strained.  Straining resulted in a lower fat version which was still delicious and rich tasting.  But somehow removing the lovely coconut oil felt a little wrong.

Coquito, Coconut eggnog, a blend of coconut, sweetened condensed & evaporated milks. Egg optional. ‘Cause one kind of eggnog is never enough.

Smoother, egg version of coquito

So on to version two. I added egg yolks this time, cooking and whisking until thickened.  Then I let it cool.  Would the clumps return?  In the end there were just a couple clumps that were easily whisked out.  And the drink was even richer and creamier.  Yum!

My conclusion.  Everyone liked the egg recipe best.  But in a hurry, I’d happily make the egg-free version–using a low fat coconut milk for fewer clumps and straining those out. 

Coquito, Coconut eggnog, a blend of coconut, sweetened condensed & evaporated milks. Egg optional. ‘Cause one kind of eggnog is never enough.

Also good alcohol-free

Regarding Rum

The next topic heating up the forums was how much rum to add.  Make it fairly mild, per some.  Make it super-boozy—almost undrinkable, per others, then let it sit in the ‘fridge for a week before drinking to mellow. 

Here I will put in my personal two cents, and say don’t add the rum until you serve. This drink is amazing which means your tea-totaling aunt and 6 year old nephew are all going to want a glass.  And remember, ‘tis the season to be good to your designated driver. 

Of course, on the opposite side of that argument, I did consider that adding rum might help to preserve the drink.  But, here in my world, anything this good is lucky to last 48 hours.  Yeah, what was I thinking? 

Coquito, Coconut eggnog, a blend of coconut, sweetened condensed & evaporated milks. Egg optional. 'Cause one kind of eggnog is never enough.

Boozy–or not

Finally there is some minor discussion about what type of rum to use.  Since my liquor cupboard holds spiced rum, white rum, dark rum, Puerto Rican rum and Midwest Norwegian-American rum made from Minnesota sugar beets, I could do some serious additional trials.  Alas, that will have to wait for next year.  But in the meantime don’t buy a special variety of rum for this.  Unless you just want more rum.

‘Cause Coquito Coconut Eggnog is going to be good–no matter what. 

Coquito, Coconut eggnog, a blend of coconut, sweetened condensed & evaporated milks. Egg optional. ‘Cause one kind of eggnog is never enough.

Festive

Coquito Coconut Eggnog
Serves 6
Coquito, coconut eggnog, a blend of coconut, sweetened condensed & evaporated milks. Egg optional. ‘Cause one kind of eggnog is never enough.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr
397 calories
41 g
147 g
22 g
10 g
17 g
199 g
122 g
39 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
199g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 397
Calories from Fat 192
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
34%
Saturated Fat 17g
84%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 147mg
49%
Sodium 122mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 41g
14%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 39g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
29%
Iron
14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 12 oz can evaporated skim milk
  2. 1 t cinnamon
  3. 1 t vanilla
  4. 4 egg yolks
  5. 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  6. 1 13.5 oz. can coconut milk
  7. Add rum to taste when serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all ingredients except rum, or mix in blender.
  2. Heat on medium in a medium saucepan whisking occasionally until it starts to thicken. Then whisk continuously until mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 175F.
  3. Cool then serve, with or without added rum.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers.
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8 thoughts on “Coquito: Coconut Eggnog or Not Eggnog

    1. Inger Post author

      Yes, makes sense in Florida 🙂 ! So happy to be seeing more regional dishes “up north” now versus my childhood!

  1. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Having lived in Florida off and on for quite a few years, I would have thought I’d have heard of this drink before but no. Thank you for all of your experimentation so that you could present us with a delicious tropical version of eggnog.

  2. grace

    i feel sad that i spent over 30 years of my life not knowing this existed but it’s my favorite holiday drink since i tried it last year–so good!

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