How to make Coquito

If you are looking to make a classic holiday favorite, this is the perfect recipe for you! Coquito is a classic holiday cocktail that I grew up on. 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!

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!

Key Ingredients for the perfect Coquito

Dark 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!

I love making cocktails; check out my other cocktail recipes!


Toni Chapman themoodyfoody drinking coquito


A Creamy Holiday Drink
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Servings 4


  • 1.5 can Dark Rum My preference for Rum is Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, or, Bacardi Dark Gold
  • 1 can Sweet condensed milk 14 oz can
  • 1 can Evaporated Milk 12 oz can
  • 1 can Coconut Milk 13.5 oz can
  • 1 can Cream of coconut 15 oz can
  • 2 tsps Ground Cinnamon I always add more if needed
  • 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract


  • In a blender, blend all of your ingredients besides your rum for 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour rum into blended mixture slowly.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours.
  • Shake before serving. Serve Ice cold.
Keyword Cocktails, Begginer Friendly

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