12 Days of (heart healthy) Christmas: Coquito


Please understand me when I tell you that I am an eggnog loving chick! I literally stalk the stores for the stuff come Thanksgiving, and no one in my house drinks it other than me, so it’s all mine! I love it so much that I have contemplated making it from scratch… then I came across coqito on Facebook and was really intrigued. It sounded so delicious and with so much less work involved.

Forgive me, but I don’t trust most internet recipes for cultural dishes and drinks. Too many times they are made by Europeans that didn’t grow up eating or making them and it loses the traditional and cultural flair and flavor it was originally intended to have. This drink was no different. Fortunately, I have friends of all different heritages and was able to reach out to one and ask her for her recipe.

I made a batch on Christmas Eve and gifted some to my brother. As the other resident Floridian (by way of Charleston, South Carolina) he seems to love all things Spanish, so this was the perfect gift for him.

This recipe is definitely as easy as the video portrayed and much more delicious than I anticipated. It is very rich and quite sweet, so I don’t know how heart healthy it is but it’s soooo good that we’re going to just make this a little cheat treat. *wink, wink*

While I am still an eggnog loving chick, this is a drink that I can make year-round with very little effort and be satisfied until the next Thanksgiving season rolls around.

Serves about 6, 8oz. servings

12 Days of (heart healthy) Christmas: Coquito
Save Recipe


  • 1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 14oz. can evaporated milk
  • 1 14oz. can coconut milk
  • 1 375mL (12oz.) bottle of white rum
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg


  • Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve ice cold and garnish with cinnamon stick, if desired.
  • NOTE: if you prefer a non-alcoholic version, you can add water in place of rum if you find the drink to be too thick for your liking. Thin it out ¼ cup of water at a time to ensure you don’t add too much and lose the flavor.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *