Coquito means “little coconut” at is a classic, beloved, Puerto Rican holiday drink. Like egg nog, it’s a thick and creamy holiday treat served mainly from Thanksgiving to Christmas but can be enjoyed year around. Coquito is a decadent treat, and some say- the creaminess from the milk distracts you from the rum… so in other words, be careful…. this drink can and will sneak up on you! 

Coquito is a great holiday gift for friends or coworkers. Every year, I make a huge batch and give it to my loved ones. It’s a way to spread holiday cheer that’s unique and memorable!

This recipe makes (2) 750 ml bottles. Here are the coquito bottles I use!

Ingredients You’ll need

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Why everyone loves this recipe:

  • It’s Strong- My Coquito recipe is famous because it does what it needs to do! Drink responsibly!
  • It’s Versatile- You can add anything to the coquito. Some add pumpkin puree, pistachio flavoring and even Nutella; as always, put your spin on it!
  • It’s Easy– This recipe is genuinely foolproof and beginner friendly. The ingredients are affordable, and you can turn around a delicious side in 30 minutes!
Toni Chapman themoodyfoody drinking coquito


  1. Do I have to make the tea?

The tea is highly recommended but not mandatory! You can skip it and have an amazing coquito!

2. Can I make it without alcohol?

Not a drinker? Not a problem! Skip it and it will taste amazing

3. How much Coquito does this recipe make?

This recipe makes (2) 750 ml bottles! You can find the bottles here!

Key Ingredients for the perfect Coquito

Rum– This is highly controversial but I prefer to use dark rum for my coquito. While you can use light rum, the dark rum adds a hint of sweetness and spice that really takes the coquito up a notch!

Cream of Coconut– The cream of coconut is one of the essential ingredients in this recipe because it makes the coquito thick and creamy. Here is a direct link to the cream of coconut if you are unable to find it in a store near you! CREAM OF COCONUT

Sweet Condensed Milk– This is what makes your Coquito sweet! Make sure you use every drop in the can! P.S- I recently swapped the regular sweet condensed milk for the Dulce De Leche version, and it was a game changer. If you’ve made Coquito before, I would recommend this hack!

Evaporated Milk– Evaporated Milk is a nice touch to the coquito!

Coconut Milk– Coquito means “little coconut”! You can’t make a coquito without coconut milk

Vanilla Extract– Get the good stuff if you can budget for it!

Spices– Star anise, Cinnamon Sticks, Cloves and All spice Berries!

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A Creamy Holiday Drink
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Servings 8


  • 2 750ml bottles


  • 2/3 cup White rum Don Q is my favorite. You can add more or less rum to taste!
  • 1/8 cup Spiced Rum or Dark Rum I like Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, or Don Q 151
  • 1 can Sweet condensed milk 14 oz can
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk this is about half the can!
  • 1 can Coconut Milk 13.5 oz can
  • 1 can Cream of coconut 15 oz can (COCO LOPEZ IS THE BEST BRAND)
  • 1 tsps Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract

For the Tea

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 all spice berries
  • 6 cloves
  • 5 Star anise
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • Begin by bringing you water to a boil and adding in star anise, cinnamon, all spices and cloves. Steep your tea, strain it, and cool it.
  • In a blender, blend all of your ingredients besides your rum for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in 1/3 cup of tea mixture, slowly.
  • Pour rum into mixture.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours.
  • Shake before serving. Serve Ice cold.
Keyword Cocktails, Begginer Friendly, coqutio

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  1. Vanessa Moreno December 22, 2023 at 9:39 am

    5 stars
    Hands down the BEST coquito recipe I’ve tried! I subbed spiced/dark rum for Henny white and it’s Fabulous. The tea she talks about in the recipe is an absolute must! I definitely recommend for you to make it. It’s very worth it., the warmth & flavor it gives the coquito a next level taste! Plus if you have some leftover you can drink it for a cozy night feel~ All in all you can definitely play with it and add what you want like chocolate or maybe extra alcohol haha this is beginner friendly & perfect for gifting or just being with your loved ones. Thanks Toni! Keep up the amazing work!

    1. Lina December 25, 2023 at 1:37 am

      Delicious. Just made some for family. How long does it last in the fridge?

  2. Mia B. December 30, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    5 stars
    We made the coquito at our Friendsmas as well and this was the biggest hit! This drink was super yummy and amazing. I doubled the alcohol and it was still delicious. I purchased glass bottles so everyone could take some home.

  3. Amanda January 21, 2024 at 2:57 pm

    5 stars
    An amazing coquito recipe. Easy to follow and everyone loved it! This will be my go to recipe 🙂