Coquito Recipe

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A simple Coquito recipe that’s festive and perfect for lifting your holiday spirits. A rich and creamy coconut eggnog spiked with white rum.

When I first heard about this drink, I only had one question in mind. What’s the difference between a coquito recipe and a spiked eggnog?

It turns out quite a bit. For starters, coquito has its roots in Puerto Rico and features coconut cream.

Whereas, eggnog tends to use a dairy-based creamer.

Two small glasses half-filled with coquito garnished with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Additionally, a great coquito recipe features a high-quality Puerto Rican rum. While eggnog can be spiked with bourbons and whiskeys.

In other words, what makes coquitos special is the use of island ingredients.

The coquito recipe ingredients, like white rum, egg yolks, and coconut cream in containers.

Just take a look at the amazing combination of holiday and tropical ingredients in this coquito drink.

It combines rich, decadent flavors like evaporated milk and coconut cream with earthy spices and smooth white rum. You can’t go wrong with this one.

The condensed and evaporated milks, spices, and egg yolks in a blender.

How to Make a Coquito:

As you can tell, mixing this coquito recipe can be done in minutes.

First, in a blender or large mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, cream of coconut, condensed milk, coconut milk, vanilla extract, all the spices, and white rum.

Next, blend the mixture for four to five minutes or until the drink is smooth and creamy.

The mixed coquito recipe in a blender, just before being chilled.

Then, chill the coquito in your fridge for about 30 minutes. Last, give it a quick stir before serving.

Now, it’s true ours probably doesn’t qualify as a “traditional” Puerto Rican coquito recipe.

However, it was given to us by Kim’s friend while living in Miami, Fl. I’m sure she’d agree it represents the traditional flavors quite well.

Two glasses half filled with coquito, chilled and ready to serve with cinnamon.

Here are a few tips to ensure your holiday coquito recipe turns out perfectly.


  • Use a blender to mix the drink, it’s faster and easier to chill in the same container.
  • After chilling, make sure to stir the coquito before serving. The spices settle during the chilling process.
  • Go easy on the nutmeg, especially if you’re using it as a garnish. Nutmeg is a powerful spice.
  • Garnish the drink with homemade whipped cream and cinnamon stick, trust me it’s yummy!

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A side-view of the finished coquitos in glasses, garnished with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Coquito Recipe

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Author: John
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings


  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk, 1 can
  • 15 ounces cream of coconut, 1 can
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, 1 can
  • 13 ½ ounces coconut milk, 1 can
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup white rum, Bacardi, Captain Morgan’s, etc.


  • First, in a large pot or straight into your blender combine the egg yolks, evaporated milk, cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and white rum.
    2 large egg yolks
    12 ounces evaporated milk
    15 ounces cream of coconut
    14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
    13 ½ ounces coconut milk
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
    ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    ½ cup white rum
  • Next, blend the mixture for 4 to 5 minutes until it is smooth and creamy.
  • Then, chill and stir before serving.
  • Last, it can be garnished with whipped cream, ground cinnamon, or cinnamon sticks.

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The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a four to six-ounce serving size. Actual calories will vary. The spices in the drink will settle as it chills, please give it a quick stir with a whisk before serving. Can be stored in the fridge for up to two days in a sealed container.


Serving: 6ounces | Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of Berly’s Kitchen and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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