Coquito – Classic Puerto Rican Christmas Drink Recipe

Disclosure AffiliateCoquito - A Classic Puerto Rican Christmas Drink Recipe with rum, coconut and spices.

Every family has holiday traditions. A lot of those traditions often relate to food and drink! When I joined my husband’s family, one of my favorite new-to-me traditions was Coquito, a classic Puerto Rican Christmas drink recipe! My sister-in-law, Lauranela, is the one who is the EXPERT coquito maker in the family. Since we haven’t been able to be together for the last few years, I really miss it!!

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If you’re not familiar with coquito, it is an amazingly delicious coconut and rum based drink flavored with holiday spices. Different families make it in different ways, but the coconut flavor, rum and yummy spices are always a must. One key to getting the maximum flavor from your coquito is to make sure it sits before serving it. A couple of hours is the minimum time to wait, but overnight is much better. Also be sure to serve it VERY cold! Another key is using a good quality coconut milk and coconut cream. We recommend Coco Lopez. If you can’t find it in your area, we have links below where you can find it online. Enjoy!

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Coquito – Classic Puerto Rican Christmas Drink Recipe


Pinch of salt
3/4 teaspoon of cloves
¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 cup of coconut flavored Bacardi
1 15 oz can cream of coconut (Coco Lopez is the best!)
1 13.5 oz can of coconut milk
1 12 oz can of evaporated milk
1 14 oz can of condensed milk
2 anise stars
1 ½ cups of water




1. In a small pot, add water and anise. Gently boil for 2-3 minutes. Let cool completely, remove anise seeds from water.
2. In a blender, add all of the ingredients, minus the Bacardi. (Depending on size of the blender, you may have to do this in batches.)
3. Add mixture to a pitcher. Add in Bacardi, and with a large spoon, mix. Refrigerate for at least an hour or two before serving.


Coquito - A Classic Puerto Rican Christmas Drink Recipe with rum, coconut and spices.

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  1. shelly peterson says:

    I have never heard of this drink before. This drink sounds really good and would love to try it.

  2. Julie Wood says:

    This drink sounds so delicious with all the flavors.I would love to try this drink for the Holidays.

  3. Holly Thomas says:

    A friend of mine makes this and it so good! Thank you for the recipe.

  4. Michelle Poole says:

    I have never heard of this drink, but I can’t wait to try it. The combo of the flavors sounds amazing. I love coconut, and how can you go wrong with rum?! I have a feeling this is going to be a new favorite. Thanks for sharing!

  5. gloria patterson says:

    This really looks like a good drink………… I will be making this after I go to the store

    I have the RUM but need most of the other items

  6. Jerry Marquardt says:

    This recipe looks so good! I would love to try this, any season. I can’t wait to savor the flavor.


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