This Puerto Rican eggnog, or coquito, is served to all guests at Caribe Mountain Villas in Canovanas from Christmas week through Three Kings Day (Jan. 6). The recipe came to owners Jeff Harpell and Mitchell Nemeth courtesy of their neighbor, Janette Herrera Carmona, who makes this drink for her holiday visitors.
Canned coconut milk is commonly used, although fresh coconut milk is preferred and produces a lighter flavor. Carmona's eggnog is fairly thick but can be thinned with a little whole milk. The drink can be made up to 2 weeks in advance.
Servings: 2.5 quarts
- 2 1/2 cups (20 ounces) evaporated milk
- 2 1/4 cups (18 ounces) coconut milk, canned
- 9 ounces condensed milk
- 25 ounces cream of coconut
- 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
- 2 cups (16 ounces) white rum, or to taste
- 7 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 cup seedless raisins
- 10 maraschino cherries
Combine the milks and cream of coconut in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a low boil over medium heat, then remove from the heat and add the egg yolks, whisking until well incorporated. Cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Add the rum; adjust the mixture to taste. Transfer to a gallon-size bowl or container and add the cinnamon sticks, raisins and cherries. Cover and refrigerate overnight before serving. Serve chilled in liqueur glasses, removing the cinnamon sticks.
Adapted from Janette Herrera Carmona at Carube Mountain Villas, Canovanas, Puerto Rico.
Tested by Walter Nicholls.
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