Happy Hour: Coquito - Puerto Rican Eggnog

So many people inquired about coquito that I decided to share the recipe. Coquito is a Puerto Rican eggnog. I think it tastes A LOT better than eggnog. It's got an island spin to it.

Now, this is an adaptation of my grandmother's recipe, because I don't have the patience to do what she does. She drains the milk from a coconut and then cuts out the meat, processes it, squeezes more liquid out of it somehow. Honestly...complicated. So mine doesn't taste like hers. But after my third attempt at making it, I think I have something close and just as yummy!

3 cups of Puerto Rican Rum - like Bacardi
1 can of cream of coconut (15 ounces)
1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces) - I used Fat Free since it was readily available.
10 egg yolks
1.5 cups of white sugar
1 tspn cinnamon
.5 tspn of nutmeg
2 cups of whole milk (using anything but whole makes this too watered down)

Scramble the egg yolks. Make sure there is no white attached to them. You just want "clean" yolks. Scramble really well.
Add sugar, mix really well.
Add the cream of coconut. Mix well!
Add the condensed milk. MIX WELL!
Add the whole milk. Mix well!
Add the cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well!
Add the rum. Mix well!

Mixing well after each step is important. I've had coquito that other people made that was lumpy, and I think it was from not mixing well after each ingredient AND because they didn't completely removing the whites.

Once everything is mixed, funnel it into a bottle. I put it back in the bottle of rum and some extra into an empty milk jug.

Then just let it chill so that the cinnamon and nutmeg flavors everything. And shake well before pouring to make sure all the spices are evenly distributed.

It's a wonderful holiday drink to accompany Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners!

Happy Buzzing!