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Loco For Coquito

I have never been a fan of eggnog, but I am downright loco for coquito. I first sampled this coconut milk and cinnamon cocktail at my friend Michelle’s annual holiday party when I first moved to NYC, and I’ve pretty much been hooked since.

Known as the “Puerto-Rican” eggnog, coquito — Spanish for “little coconut” — is a Latin holiday staple that’s now being enjoyed by the masses. 

Turn your friends on to it at your next holiday fiesta, but beware this rum-based concoction may seem like an innocent dessert, but it will go to your head quicker than you have time to say “Feliz Navidad!”

Coquito recipe from Latin Chic: Entertaining With Style and Sass by my dear friends Carolina Buia and Isabel Gonzalez. Both the coquito and book make fab Xmas gifts!

Makes 10 Servings

2 (12 oz.) cans evaporated milk

2 (14 oz.) cans sweetened condensed milk

1 (15 oz.) can coconut cream, such as Coco López

1 liter dark rum

1/4 cup brandy

Ground cinnamon

10 cinnamon sticks

Mix all ingredients EXCEPT cinnamon and cinnamon sticks in a blender and chill. Serve in glasses with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and garnish with a cinnamon stick.


* This post is adapted from an article I wrote for the NY Daily News