An entertaining presentation which go overs the basics of how to make coquito. They explain that Coquito is a traditional Puerto Rican eggnog normally made with white rum. They also mention that it is actually a cooked process, but the version they go over skip that step. However, they note that others who tried their’s, says it taste delicious!
Here is what they say… I do not like drinks made with very strong liquor or alcohol in it. Sometimes, I do add a conservative amount of Bacardi rum to my coquito recipe that is anywhere from 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup, not more than that. Depending who I am serving this to, I may add 1 cup of rum, but for me, it is a bit strong for my taste. My coquito version of adding 3/4 cup has a noticeable amount of rum hint to it, without being too strong or overpowering. Some of my guests enjoy the taste of rum. I will make a separate batch and add 1 1/2 cups and to them it is perfect blend and rum taste.
If anyone wants more rum in their drink that I made, they can add more to their discretion. Some like to add Bacardi 151% rum, others (like me) use the Bacardi 40% to make coquito.
If you do not want any liquor in the coquito, you can omit it altogether. Eliminating the rum is great to share with minors, pregnant women and those who do not want alcohol in their drink. There is also another alternative to have rum flavored coquito by adding 1 teaspoon of rum extract and adding more, after you taste test it to your liking. Don’t go over 2 tablespoon. That amount I consider extreme that is catered only for adults.