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Good basics covered, but she adds an interesting secret ingredient which some don’t think needs to be added. What do you think?

This is definitely another  interesting recipe. It’s good to see how fix coquito in different ways. Not traditional, but I guess if it fits your taste, why not?! For his recipe he says … Yes you may use a blender but he chose vodka because its what I wanted to choose. Like I mention in the video, most people add rum. Personaly, I do not enjoy the taste of rum, so I chose vodka. Add what YOU like and will enjoy. Afterall, its your drink, your kitchen and your ingridients… so do as you please =) Ok, today I was feeling a bit adventurous, so decided to make coquito and share an instruction video with you guys. What is coquito?? Coquito is a Puerto Rican drink made during the holidays. It is very common in the Latin community. Recipes for coquito may vary from family to family. This is a very easy one and not to mention delicious! Great to serve after having dinner or while spending some time with the family. It will also make an excellent gift. Bottle it up, decorate the bottle a bit and tadaaaa, you have a unique, inexpencibe and delish gift. Hope you enjoy this video and stay tuned for more! xoxo G

Seems like there is an increasing number of people who are interested in coquito ice cream. Here’s a coquito ice cream recipe which is definitetly worth a try. Enjoy the music and let us know what you think!

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.

Coquito recipe 1/2 liter water 15 oz cream of coconut 12 oz evaporated milk 14 oz condensed milk 4 egg yolks 2 – 3 cinnamon sticks 1 liter white rum Boil the cinnamon sticks in the water. Take the sticks out when the water is yellow and has the smell and taste of cinnamon. Add the evaporated milk, condensed milk and egg yolks and cook at low temperature. While it’s cooking stir to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pot. When it is boiling for a few minutes, add the cream of coconut and rum. Stir well and take off the burner. Let it cool and it will be ready. Keep it in the refrigerator and it will last for a very long time.

How to make Puerto Rican coquito, an eggnog-like drink that’s traditionally drunk and very popular during the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Coquito is an alcoholic drink made with rum and coconut.

Great recipe by Daisy Martinez prepares a coquito recipe which is not too sweet yet very yummy! Great instruction, well produced and easy to follow recipe!

Have fun as three drag queens teach you how to make coquito, a delicious Puerto Rican Christmas beverage. Think of a coquito as a coconut based Puerto Rican egg nog. It’s delicious and makes an excellent present!

This is an easy version of Coquito. It’s the way I make it and everyone loves it. 1 can of Cream of coconut 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk 1 egg yolk 1 tsp of vanilla 1/2 shot of cinnamon water 1-2 cups of Rum… depending on how strong you want it. (to measure the amount of rum I just use an empty can of cream of coconut and fill it to the rim) Start by boiling 1 cup of water with the 5-6 cinnamon sticks for 5-10 minutes and let cool. While that’s boiling go ahead and start mixing the coquito in the blender. Start by adding 1 can of cream of coconut, 1/2 can of condensed milk, 1 egg yolk, 1 tsp of vanilla, when the cinnamon water has cooled down add 1/2 shot of the cinnamon water, fill 1 empty can of the cream of coconut with white rum and pour it in the blender. Mix well for about 5-10 minutes, taste it and if it’s good, leave as is, if not then add more rum…. Let chill for a few hours or a day. serve cold!! Happy Holidays ;-)

Hey, they had the 10th Annual Coquito Tasting competition this past Saturday in New York. Held in Spanish Harlem the public was invited to vote on samples from different locations in the neighborhood. A great holiday recipe deserves some good competition, and with so many variations it’s something for people to look forward to each year.

I found this video kind of interesting since you never really see the person doing the video, just their arms and hands! Reminds of the old commercial with the latex talking gloves, however, in this case there no gloves … actually, she has very nice nails for the demonstration!

Quick recipe demonstration. May be a tad sweet since it uses coconut creme, coconut milk, evaporated milk and condensed milk. But as you may know by now that is quite common with a lot of Coquito recipes!

Recipe:

1 can coconut creme
1 can coconut milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
Some cinnamon
Vodka or rum (For non-aloholic version you can skip this.)
One of the few recipes that call for vodka, probably adds a real kick.

If you try the recipe comment below on how it turns out for you!

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!

The Christmas holiday is near and people in different parts of the world will have its own way of celebrating. The Puerto Rican Christmas version is known as Navidad. This is the day of Christmas-December 25 where Christians celebrate the birthday of Jesus. It is thought that Santa Claus will be bringing gifts to kids in which the custom originated in the USA way back 1940′s and now has become Puerto Rico’s Holiday tradition. Navidad is the time of tradition, aguinaldos, décimas, y de ser jíbaro Puertorriqueño which is the best of Puerto Rican culture.

Puerto Rican Food

Puerto Ricans begin their Christmas celebrations early in December and perhaps would end on the first week of January. Of course, this is the best time to talk about Puerto Rican food. The Puerto Rican cuisine is similar to that of Spanish, Mexican, and Cuban with a delightful blend of African, Taíno, and American influences.

Nochebuena is a special dinner party done on Christmas Eve. Puerto Ricans like chicken so you would always see as part of the main dish, like baked chicken or turkey, and roasted pork or ham which is accompanied by Spanish rice with pigeon peas, local vegetables like cooked green bananas, fried plantains or cooked yam.

Some of the food appetizers and food during dinner generally includes with sizzling-hot appetizers such as bacalaitos, crunchy cod fritters; surullitos, sweet plump cornmeal fingers; and empanadillas, crescent-shaped turnovers filled with lobster, crab, conch, or beef. It is also thought that soups are a popular beginning for meals on Puerto Rico just like in other countries. There is a debate about whether one of the best-known soups, frijoles negros (black-bean soup), is Cuban or Puerto Rican in origin. Nevertheless, it is still a savory, if filling, opening to a meal. For their Holiday desserts, they have “arroz con dulce” (rice cooked with spices, sugar, milk, and coconut milk) and “tembleque” (a custard made with cornstarch, sugar, and coconut milk). They taste better cool down or cold, when its consistency becomes more solid. One for the festive Puerto Rican food is the lechón asado, or barbecued pig, which is usually cooked for a party of 12 or 15. It is traditional for picnics and al fresco parties. These are just one of the Puerto Rican food serve during holidays.

Despedida de Año is celebrated on December 31 in time to end the year and face and new one. The biggest and most important for all children is what they call, el Día de Reyes on January 6th. This is the day when children open their gifts the night before the Three Wise Men (Kings) left.

Their Christmas is different as they have a special “pava” (traditional straw-hat) to be worn just for Christmas. They have their own version of Christmas caroling which they call Parranda. It is when a small group of folks gathers to surprise another folk and they will be bringing their musical instruments like either guitarras, tamboriles, güiro maracas, or palitos in which they will play the traditional Aguinaldos.

By Xerxes Bernadez

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!

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.

If you’re looking for a new addition to your holiday desert selection, then Coquito ice cream might be something you might want to whip up! Here is a great recipe demonstrated with a fun presentation.

Coquito Ice Cream Recipe:

1/2 liter water
2-3 cinnamon sticks
4 egg yolks
condensed milk
evaporated milk
15 oz cream of coconut

The presentation is in Spanish with instruction in English sub-titles. If you ever made ice cream before, then you know it takes a little time prepare the recipe. Try it out and let us know how it turns out for you!

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