Coquito, for those of you who may not know, is what us Puerto Ricans call our “Egg Nog”. I grew up watching my mom prepare this every single Christmas. I remember her last Christmas with us. Mami was singing, and in the kitchen, making her Coquito, and Arroz con Dulce (rice pudding). I haven’t mastered the Arroz con Dulce, but my aunt was able to give me the Coquito recipe.
Of course my mother used real coconut when making it, but I’m substituting that with what we call Coco Lopez. If are unable to find the Coco Lopez you can also use “Crema de Coco.”
Many people have their own recipe, but this one is really simple, and tastes great. Not sure how many calories in this, and I really don’t want to know. I’m just thankful we only make this during the Christmas holidays. During that time, if you visit a Puerto Rican home, we’ll always have Coquito to offer you!!! This also tastes great in your morning coffee.
Genoveva’s Coquito Recipe
2 Cans of Coco Lopez
1 large can of Carnation Milk
1 small can of Carnation Milk
3 Egg Yolks
1 t-spoon of Vanilla Extract
3 Cups of Barcardi (Yikes)
Cinammon to taste
Some may feel a bit weary about adding the raw egg yolks, but we’ve been doing this for years with no ill effects from it. I do however, make sure that I check the eggs, and make sure there are no cracks in them.
Add all these ingredients in a blender, make sure all is mixed completely. Pour in bottles, and refrigerate.
Since Coquito tends to be very sweet, it is best to pour in small amounts.
For those of you that love to cook, and like Puerto Rican food. I highly recommend this book, Puerto Rican Cookery, by Carmen Aboy Valldejuli. I have one of my own and love it!!
Separate all three egg yolks
Pour all ingredients in blender. You won’t be able to blend it all at once, just mix one batch, pour half in bowl, and mix remaining.
If you are unable to find Coco Lopez, this was the same exact coconut cream, just different brand. For my fellow Latinas, insert commercial jingle “Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno.”
I was able to fill 1 1/2 bottles
Feliz Navidad – Merry Christmas