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Type Mixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
Served strained
Standard garnish

cinnamon, nutmeg, clove

Standard drinkware
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Shot glass
Commonly used ingredients
  • 28 oz Coconut milk
  • 2 cups Rum
  • 14 ounces Condensed milk
  • vanilla, to taste
Preparation Place ingredients into blender, blend until well mixed. Pour into a bottle and refrigerate until cold. Serve in small glasses and sprinkle top lightly with nutmeg.

Coquito is an coconut-based alcoholic beverage traditionally served in Puerto Rico. It is generally made with rum, coconut milk, sweet condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The drink is commonly associated with Christmas and New Years celebrations, where it is traditionally served along with other holiday dishes and/or desserts.[1]


Variations of the drink include flavored rum or spiced rum, coconut cream, lemon zest, ice cream, ginger, horchata, chocolate and evaporated milk; these ingredients are not required but are used to make the taste sweeter. Some recipes include eggs however this is not Coquito but Ponche Crema, a traditional drink from Venezuela.[2] Sometimes Coquito is made with pitorro as its alcoholic base. Coquito can be served in shot glasses or small cups and it is usually garnished with grated nutmeg or cinnamon.


Depending on the ingredient of choice, Coquito can be prepared over the stove top or in a blender.

Most people who use a stove top to prepare Coquito uses ingredient that quickly solidifies. While heated over a fire, all ingredients can blend together well.

If looking for convenience, a quick way to prepare Coquito is to process in a blender with ingredients with the option of using ground spices.

After Coquito is prepared, it is chilled for a couple of hours then served chilled.


El Museo del Barrio in New York City hosts an annual Coquito Tasting Contest during the month of December. Competitors bring forth their best recipes including traditional ingredients as well as fusion mixes.

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