Resident Offers Her Take on Coquito

by | Nov 2021

winter drink made with eggs, liqueur and cinnamon, called eggnog, coquito or Auld Man's milk


How about treating holiday guests to a new twist on traditional eggnog? Consider Maple Grove’s Pamela Mercado Michelli’s recipe for Puerto Rican coconut eggnog.

  • 15 oz. cream of coconut
  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup white rum (optional)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly-grated nutmeg, plus more for serving
  • cinnamon sticks, for serving

Put the cream of coconut, three milks, rum (optional), vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a blender. Blend until smooth, about two minutes. Transfer to a pitcher; cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until very cold, about an hour. Give the coquito a good stir, as the mixture might separate slightly as it sits. Pour into individual mugs or glasses. Top with more nutmeg, and serve with a cinnamon stick.

Pamela Mercado Michelli is an author.


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