The first thing you’ll hear when you read about Coquito is that it’s similar to eggnog. Then you’ll find some people actually use eggnog in their Coquito recipes. So what exactly is the difference? Lets look at the basic ingredients of each to see if the difference is evident.

First look at the basic indredients for eggnog. Traditional eggnog is usually includes some of the following ingredients:

  • Milk
  • Raw Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Cream
  • Spices, nutmeg, and vanilla
  • Toppings may be cinnamon, whipped cream, chocolat, or cinnamon.
  • Versions with alcohol may include whiskey, rum, brandy, bourbon, or cognac.

Now take a look at what authentic Coquito may be composed of:

  • With or without Egg Yolks
  • Evaporated milk
  • Condensed milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Creme of coconut
  • Many include various ingredients to spice it up:
  • Cloves, cinnamon sticks, powdered cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, and chocolate.
  • The addition of a rum especially a Puerto Rican rum is common.

So what difference do you notice right off? I notice the coconut ingredient! Then of course the the evaporated milk and condensed milk, which some say makes it really sweet.

Well, the best way is to make your own and do your own comparison. Let us know what you think!

Here’s a down to earth video on how to make Coquito on a coffee table! You will learn about the secret behind the recipe, which is 2-2-2! Watch the video and learn why this is important and is the key to the Coquito recipe!


2 coconut milk
2 evaporated milk
2 coconut creme
A tad of cinnamon
Vanilla extract
Puerto Rican Rum (amber color)
In addition to the recipe, you can also add 1 12 oz can of sweet condensed milk or eggnog

This is one of the few Coquito recipes which I’ve seen that actually recommends using eggnog.
Well try it out and let us know how it works for you. As always instead of trying it out, you could always try adding some component to your own recipe. Picking up tips from other recipes works well for creating and perfecting your own recipes.

It’s that time of year in which people start discovering and trying the tasty Puerto Rican Coquito drink, and with it the media tends to pick up on it’s growing popularity each year.

Today I found it mentioned in the Washingtonian: Chef Dennis Marron Debuts New Menu at Poste where it will featured in a new seasonal menu.

I also found a Coquito Recipe mentioned at AARP website in which Sharon Tyler Herbst suggests a liquor-free version of Coquito.

Take a look, and pick up some more ideas for your own recipe!

A funny Puerto Rican Coquito Recipe demonstration by Jenny Kelley! As it appears more work went into the production of the video than most, it’s perhaps not the best recipe demonstration, but you’re sure to get a chuckle watching it!

COQUITO RECIPE (Puerto Rican Eggnog)

1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 (14 ounce) can cream of coconut
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of white rum
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Complete instruction appears on Jenny’s Coquito Recipe page.

Ok, so she does provide a decent recipe with instruction!
Have fun with it!

The first of a series of videos that takes you step by step in making Coquito. This is good since a lot of demonstrations tend to be short and fail to show details in the preparation of Coquito.

Check it out the first one and then click through the following steps for a complete demonstration of the recipe.

Below are the Coquito recipe ingredients as presented in the video:

3 can – cream of coconut
3 can – evaporated milk
2 can – sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp – ground cinnamon
1 tsp – vanilla extract
7 – egg yolks
1/2 cup – sugar
secret ingredient! – contains 4-sticks of cinnamon
caribbean rum with natural coconut flavor

One of ingredients that differentiates Coquito from traditional eggnog is the addition of coconut cream milk. Now this is another ingredient that can differ for various Coquito recipes. Instead of coconut cream milk some recipes might call for natural coconut milk, or cream of coconut.

Some people tend to use fresh coconut milk instead of canned. In preparing Coquito the coconut milk is simmered with evaporated milk and other ingredients as as desired or if a recipe calls for them specifically. The coconut milk is then strained, cooled, and is then combined with the rest of ingredients.

Another alternative is using Cream of coconut which is essentially coconut cream that has been sweetened.

This is just the basic process gathered from reading different Coquito recipes, so follow the procedures outlined in the recipe you are following specifically. Personal preference for coconut tends to vary among people so some may vary the amount of coconut milk if you’re preparing it for someone who likes either a little or a lot of coconut flavoring.

Great reviews for this Coquito recipe. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Below are the ingredients for the recipe as demonstrated in the video. I loved the throw back videos images!

15 oz can – cream of coconut
12 oz can – evaporated milk
14 oz can – sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp – ground cinnamon
1 tsp – vanilla extract
2/4 cup – white rum

Other items you will need:
1 empty bottle

People who visit Puerto Rico during the holidays are bound to get introduced to Coquito during their stay. Here is a Coquito recipe one person picked up while visiting Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rican Egg Nog Ingredients
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup white rum, or to taste
1 cup water
3 cinnamon sticks
4 egg yolks, well beaten
ground cinnamon for garnish

Combine all of the milks and the rum in a blender or a food processor. Set aside. Boil the water with the cinnamon sticks. Cool to room temperature. Discard the cinnamon sticks.

Combine all of the ingredients except the ground cinnamon and beat well in a blender or food processor in batches. Pour the eggnog into glass bottles and refrigerate until ready to use. To serve, transfer the eggnog to a punch bowl and sprinkle the cinnamon on top.

More info at: Aaron’s EggNog Land

This quick how-to video is very popular in showing how to make Puerto Rican Coquito. See what you think and let us know if helps you in making your holiday drinks.

Below are the ingredients for the recipe demonstrated in the video:

1 can – condensed milk
1 can – evaporated milk
1 can – coconut cream
1/2 cup – white rum
cinamom powder

Other items you will need:
1 empty bottle

One of the differences between eggnog and Coquito is that Coquito recipes basically makes eggs optional. It’s totally depends on the persons preference and whether they inlcude them in their recipe. Below is a great recipe that doesn’t require eggs, so if you prefer the eggless route you might want to take a crack at it!

2 15-ounce cans cream of coconut
2 14-ounce cans condensed milk
6 ounces white rum (use less if you like)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon coconut (or vanilla) extract

1. Mix all ingredients in a blender.
2. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving. Serve cold.

Serves: About 36 ounces.

More info at:

Each year as the holidays roll around you can always count on people talking about their favorite holiday dishes, drinks and deserts. Mention eggnog and you can just about count on someones eyes lighting up in the room! What’s surprised me over the years is the variation in eggnog recipes, and so it’s not surprising that different cultures have addded their own twist to the traditional drink.

The Puerto Rican culture has a festive drink called Coquito, which is similar to eggnog but contains some different ingredients with most notably the inclusion of coconut milk or cream.

Coquito is made in a number of variations, and there has even been a contest in New York that pits the masters to the test for the best Coquito recipe. Some examples of the variations incluede spanish Coquito recipes, Coquito without eggs, Coquito with eggs, Coquito with condesed milk, Coquito with a touch of chocolate, etc…

So if you’re looking for new festive drink to have at your holiday party, then take a look at the recipes featured throughout the site. If you’re already familiar with this tasty drink then feel free to submit your recipe and we will add it to the collection. Be sure to include why your recipe is the best Coquito recipe!

Coquito Origin: Puerto Rico

Core Coquito Ingredients:

White rum
Egg yolks
Evaporated milk
Condensed milk
Coconut milk

Ingredients to spice it up:

Cinnamon sticks
Powdered cinnamon

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