Difference Between Coquito and Eggnog

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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!

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