Coquito (Puerto Rican Coconut Eggless Eggnog)

Enjoying a traditional drink with holiday spirit is a great way to spend time with friends this holiday season! Creamy, velvety, sweet and delicious—what more could you ask for in a holiday beverage?

Prep Time
10 minutes
1 hour 15 minutes cooling/chilling time
4 hours (preferably overnight or longer) standing time
Cook Time
2 minutes
Two tumbler glasses of eggless eggnog garnished with anise, cinnamon, and cinnamon sticks, shown on a gold tray with anise and cinnamon sticks, and a gold stirring spoon beside

Medium heavy-bottomed saucepan with lid

Liquid measuring cup

Scale OR dry measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Heatproof spatula OR wooden spoon

Large pitcher

Handheld immersion blender OR blender

about 7 cups (1750 ml)
  • 2 cans (3 cups / 750 ml) evaporated milk, divided
  • 1⅓ cup (289 g) Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar, packed
  • 1 3” (4 g) cinnamon stick
  • ¼ tsp (2 g) salt
  • ¼ tsp (1 g) ground nutmeg
  • 1 can (1⅓ cup / 333 ml) cream of coconut
  • 1 cup (250 ml) gold rum (see Chef’s Tips)
  • 1 cup (250 ml) coconut milk (canned), full-fat
  • 1½ tsp (7 ml) pure vanilla extract
Garnishes (optional):
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Coconut flakes
  • Star anise
  • Ground nutmeg

Step 1

In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine 1 can (or 1½ cups / 375 ml) of evaporated milk, the Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar, cinnamon stick, salt, and ground nutmeg. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer while constantly stirring. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, to prevent milk from burning. Remove from heat and cover; infuse for 15 minutes. Place into the fridge to chill completely; 1 hour.

Step 2

In a large pitcher, add the remaining can of evaporated milk, cream of coconut, rum, coconut milk, and vanilla extract.

Step 3

Use a handheld immersion blender and blend the ingredients until well combined. Remove the cinnamon stick from the chilled evaporated milk mixture; discard. Add to the pitcher. Blend until mixture is homogeneous.

Step 4

Cover pitcher and place it into the fridge to allow flavours to meld together and the Coquito to thicken; at least 4 hours.

Step 5

Whisk well before serving. Serve chilled with desired garnishes. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to a month (alcohol version) or up to a week (non-alcoholic).

Two tumbler glasses of eggless eggnog garnished with anise, cinnamon, on a rustic wooden cutting board with a third glass on a saucer, shown with cinnamon and anise in a dish.