How to make coquito, a creamy coconut rum drink from Puerto Rico

Move over eggnog, coquito is about to become the new seasonal drink. 

Coquito is often described as “Puerto Rican eggnog.” In Spanish “coquito” means “little coconut.” The traditional Christmas drink is a sweet, creamy, coconut cocktail with rum. Home chef Desiree Lopez shares recipes for classic Puerto Rican dishes on TikTok. She posted her recipe for coquito and it’s actually super easy to make. 

“Coquito tastes like a creamy coconut dream with a delicious kick of rum,” Lopez said in the comment section. 


  • 2 cans evaporated milk
  • 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can cream of coconut
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon sticks
  • Rum

Lopez’s steps: 

1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender. While she used a mixer, she said she doesn’t recommend this method.

2. Blend the ingredients until smooth. 

3. Serve over ice, top with whipped cream and garnish with cinnamon sticks. 

TikTokers loved Lopez’s coquito recipe and praised the drink in general. 

“I bought all of the ingredients and made it. I’m about to get lit. Thank you,” one person commented

“I’ve had this once and it was so good. OMG,” another wrote

“You don’t understand how much I love coquito,” a user said

The origins of coquito remain shrouded in mystery, but there are a few theories. Some believe when the Spanish conquistadors arrived to colonize the Caribbean in the 1500s, they brought along eggnog, which dates back to medieval times. Others believe Puerto Ricans developed coquito during the Prohibition Era to discreetly imbibe alcohol, as the coconut disguised its taste. However, what’s most likely is that the drink evolved over Puerto Rico’s abundance of coconut, rum and sugar. 

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