The Perfect Coffee Coquito Recipe
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Earlier this month, I was pondering the fact that we were 5 days into December and I had yet to feast on one of my absolute favorite holiday drinks - Coquito (Caribbean Coconut Eggnog). I feel like every country has their own version of holiday eggnog and while I don’t discriminate against any of them I have to say that the Caribbean kind is my absolute favorite. Coquito or Ponche de Creme anyone?
I loveeeee coconut, so when I tried coquito for the first time it was love at first sip! It’s an extremely important part of the holidays for me and I love stocking up my fridge with a bottle for myself to sip on throughout the holidays as well as some to give away to friends and family.
As I was pondered why I haven’t had coquito yet, I wondered how it would taste with coffee since I just can never get enough. I always felt like they would make an exquisite pairing so I ran over to Pinterest and typed in “Coffee Coquito” and BOOM a recipe from my girl Alejandra of AlwaysOrderDessert.com popped up. I knew it was meant to be when I saw her easy to follow recipe and I couldn’t wait to try it out. If you’re not following Alejandra you definitely should because she is an amazing chef and food blogger. Her content is amazing and I know you will love her all of her other recipes. She is so talented and a total sweetheart!
Needless to say, the coffee coquito came out absolutely delicious thanks to the main ingredient - Cafe Bustelo! I have been loving the Cafe Bustelo Supreme lately. It’s 100% Arabica bean coffee. It is a rich, dark coffee especially roasted for Espresso or Cappuccino and it was perfect for this recipe. I also added the Café Bustelo Espresso Style Instant Coffee for an even richer coffee taste. It was PERFECT! I brought this coffee coquito to a housewarming this past weekend and I have already gotten a request for more. I might have to start a second business!
Coffee Coquito Recipe (Puerto Rican Coffee-Flavored Coconut Eggnog)
By Alejandra Ramos
Makes about 15 small servings
1 (12oz) can evaporated milk
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (15 oz) can cream of coconut
1 cup strongly-brewed Cafe Bustelo Supreme Black Coffee, chilled (I added nutmeg powder to the coffee grounds before brewing)
2 cups Puerto Rican rum (light or dark — I used a coconut flavored rum because I love coconut)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons instant espresso powder (optional but highly recommeded)
2 cinnamon sticks
Combine evaporated milk, condensed milk, and coconut cream in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a large pitcher or pot, and add the coffee, rum, and vanilla, and whisk well until evenly combined.
Want to make the coffee flavor even stronger? Add 1-2 tablespoons of Cafe Bustelo instant espresso powder as this point, and whisk in. Skip it if you prefer a lighter flavor.
Transfer into bottles (recycle and use the empty rum bottles), add the cinnamon sticks, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until very cold.
Serve straight in small glasses (you can garnish with a bit of cinnamon, if desired) or on the rocks in larger glasses. This recipe can be made a few days in advance and will keep well in the fridge for about 1 week to 10 days. Just be sure to shake the glass vigorously before serving!
This also makes a great gift!
Click here to try Alejandra’s Basic Coquito Recipe and Chocolate Coquito Recipe
***Want to make it a little bit less strong? To cut the rum, replace the desired amount of rum with equal parts ice cold coconut or whole milk.
***Can't drink or don't like rum? Substitute a flavored vodka (I suggest coconut or vanilla!)
***For a non-alcoholic or virgin coquito, cut out the rum, and replace it with one cup ice cold coconut or whole milk and one cup ice cold filtered water.
How do you incorporate cafecito into your holiday traditions? Let me know in the comments below!