The Story Behind The Coquito

It’s the perfect time of year to try a Coquito. This classic Puerto Rican beverage is essentially a coconut-based, rum-spiked version of eggnog. Frothy, rich and delicious, it’s a great holiday party drink that's fairly easy to batch for larger groups of people.

There is some variance in Coquito recipes, as some families have their own special versions. The below has been adapted from a few different recipesand calls for both silver rum and añejo tequila.

Try it out — and maybe experiment with some of your own unique touches!


  • 12 ounces silver rum
  • 15 ounces cream of coconut
  • 12 ounces coconut milk
  • 12 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • añejo tequila or silver rum wash


  1. Combine all ingredients except the tequila in a mixing bowl or blender, and blend on high for 2 minutes.
  2. Bottle the mixture and set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to settle.
  3. To serve, pour 3-4 ounces of chilled coquito into a shaker with an ounce of rum or añejo tequila and shake without ice.
  4. Pour into glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Yield: 12-14
Calories: 318
Updated: 2022-06-01

The Coquito Recipe