We finally did it. After a few attempts based on recipes we found on the internet, my husband and I have a coquito recipe that we can make in 20 minutes and just refrigerate for parties later. I had some taste testers this week and it looks like it’s a winner.

While it’s a drink associated with some Christmas celebrations (didn’t know until I was hunting for recipes!), I’ve had through out the year. It’s a wonderful creamy drink that can be refreshing served chill at a summer barbecue.

Quick and Easy Recipe

The traditional recipe is a bit like egg nog with coconut cream, egg yolks, coconut milk, and more. You can also spice it up various ways for those with a flair for drinks. However, if you’re pressed for time and/or just want to keep it simple, here’s a quick and dirty recipe for coquito.


coquito drink recipe
You can make some coquitos for others as a gift.
  • 30 oz coconut milk (approximately 2 1/4 cans)
  • 14 oz condensed milk
  • 1 -2 cups rum (you can add more rum to fit your tastes)
  • ½ cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon


  • Mix all ingredients in the blender.
  • Taste and more rum if you like it stronger.
  • You need to add the water (it will get thicker  in the fridge).
  • Refrigerate well; make ahead of time for a wonderfully chilled drink.
You can serve it with grated nutmeg or with a cinnamon stick. We’ve used Bacardi, Captain Morgan, and Mailbu rum for the drinks and they all seem to work well.

Favorite Summer Drinks

I’d like to know what you think. What’s your favorite summer drink? If you ‘ve made coquito, what’s your personal recipe?

Photo Credit: Eve Mar