This Puerto Rican Coquito is a classic cocktail made with seasonal spices, coconut and rum, giving it a taste similar to eggnog.
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The perfect Winter cocktail
Coquito is a popular drink enjoyed around the holidays in Puerto Rico.
Today, we’re giving it a plant based spin by using rum, cinnamon and sweetened condensed coconut milk.
The result? The creamiest, cinnamon & nutmeg infused cocktail. Almost like eggnog, but lighter and more flavorful.
There’s something really special about cozying up next to the fire with a sweet cinnamon seasoned drink during the cold Winter months. This cocktail has all of the elements of the perfect Winter cocktail, without any of the heaviness dairy brings to the mix.
If you’re looking to really impress, you can top your coquito with a generous dollop of whipped coconut cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a festive cinnamon stick.
A pumpkin spice latte could never compete.
Making your Coquito
While this Puerto Rican Coquito does require a night in the fridge to allow the rum to absorb the other flavors, the process of making it is actually quite simple.
Start by measuring out your rum and mixing in a large pitcher with some cinnamon sticks. This step helps infuse the cinnamon spice into the rum.
Next, all the remaining ingredients go into a blender to get blended to smooth, creamy perfection. Honestly I could drink it at this point with 0 alcohol and be perfectly content. But because it’s the holidays, we’re taking things to another level.
Pour your creamy coconut mixture into the pitcher with the rum and cinnamon sticks, cover and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
When you wake up, your coquito should be ready to serve! Not that I recommend starting the day with it… but I’m also not judging.
From here, your coquito should keep for up to 1 week in the fridge.
Traditionally, this cocktail is served as is, with a sprinkle of cinnamon and maybe some coconut flakes. I like to add whipped cream for a fun textural element. But because we’re giving coquito a vegan spin, we’re doing something a little different. We’re topping ours with a bit of whipped coconut cream.
I found this recipe by Minimalist Baker that gives the perfect dairy free alternative to whipped cream, with only 2 ingredients.
Vegan Coquito vs. traditional Coquito
This recipe is made with easy vegan substitutions thanks to a couple different ingredients. In a more traditional Puerto Rican recipe, you would likely see cow’s milk, evaporated milk, and other dairy products in the ingredients list.
Additionally, in the vegan whipped cream recipe I mentioned above, all you’ll need is a can of coconut cream and some powdered sugar.
Who knew eating (and drinking) vegan was this fun?
Perfect Puerto Rican pairings
Looking for the perfect Puerto Rican meal to go with your vegan Coquito? Look no further!
Here is a roundup of some of my favorite Puerto Rican (and Puerto Rican inspired) recipes:
- Arroz con pollo
- Air fryer plantain chips
- Steak stuffed avocados
- Puerto Rican rice and beans
- Tuna tostadas