Coquito, a creamy coconut and rum Puerto Rican holiday cocktail that is spiced with cinnamon and hints of vanilla. Kick off the holidays with the best spiked beverage of all.
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¡Coquito! In English, little coconut! In my recipe, big coconut! This holiday cocktail is sweet and rum sassy. Coquito is a traditional Puerto Rican drink that is similar to eggnog in that it is served through the holiday season. BUT! It is nothing like eggnog. It is better!


For as long as I can remember, Coquito has had a feature role at our family holiday celebrations. It does not matter who made the Coquito that year, you can count on someone saying that they’ve made it better. You know how it goes…everyone is proud of their coconut concoction.

Most everyone that I have introduced to this creamy, sweet, rum cocktail falls in love at first sip. And, you will too!

I do not think I have ever tasted a bad batch. I absolutely love this drink and am very happy to say that I made it dairy-free. This cocktail is usually made with sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, cream of coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, and rum. It is served chilled. Typically, in small doses. For my husband—large doses.

My adaptation of Coquito uses sweetened condensed coconut milk, evaporated coconut milk, and full-fat coconut milk. Thanks to all the dairy-free options now available, finding condensed coconut milk and evaporated coconut milk is as easy as going to your local grocery store. This drink is simple to make, which begs the question, why not give it a whirl?!


Without further ado, let’s get started. Combine evaporated coconut milk, sweetened condensed coconut milk, cream of coconut, full-fat coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and rum in a blender. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed together well.

Next, transfer the mixture to a glass bottle and chill. Once chilled, serve and enjoy!

I generally like to let the mixture cure for a few days in the refrigerator. This will give the flavors time to marry for the ultimate coconut and rum experience. I also like to serve my Coquito on the rocks.

¡Buen Provecho y Feliz año Nuevo!

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 4 hrs Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 12
Best Season: Winter


A creamy coconut dairy-free holiday cocktail with big coconut flavor, white rum, accented with a touch of cinnamon and hints of vanilla. This drink is a staple at any Puerto Rican celebration. 



  1. In a blender, combine evaporated coconut milk, sweetened condensed coconut milk, cream of coconut, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and rum. 

  2. Blend on medium for 1 to 2 minutes until completely combined.

  3. Pour into a glass bottle. Chill in the refrigerator. Serve cold. 

Keywords: coconut, coquito, rum, cinnamon, coconut milk, cocktail, holiday, drink

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