Saturday, December 22, 2012

Light "Coquito" (Puertorrican Eggnog)

Ok!  If you grew up in Puerto Rico you know all about "Coquito".  How everyone has a hidden bottle of it in the fridge during the entire holiday season...  It is a requirement in every visit and every "paranda", and Christmas without it just doesn't feel like Christmas to me.  So I know that this is supposed to be a blog about me becoming healthier and fitter.  However, Christmas time would not be the same without this puertorrican tradition  and I just can't go without making it nor enjoying it this year.  Every Christmas I have celebrated has involved this delicious treat.  The idea is to just have enough to savor it and to never over do it.  I love it, my hubby loves it and it is requested every year and I even make a "virgin" version of it for my son Chris (just exclude the rum.) 

Well, here is my "lighter" Coquito recipe (puertorrican eggnog)

Ingredients (8 servings:)
1 beaten egg yolk
1 can of organic evaporated milk
1 can of coconut milk
1 cup of almond milk
1 cup of white rum (optional)
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. of baking +Truvia Sweetener 
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 t. of ground cloves
a pinch of ground nutmeg
1/4 cup of raw almonds
1-2 cinnamon stick

Combine your beaten egg yolk, evaporated milk , cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  Add into a saucepan and cook on medium/low heat until the mixture becomes thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.  Let the mixture cool for about 5 minutes.  Add the mixture to a blender with the rest of the ingredients (except cinnamon stick) and blend on high for about a minute or until well blended.  In a glass container (you can recycle your rum bottle or a wine bottle) add in your cinnamon sticks.  Pour the Coquito and store in the fridge over night.  Be sure to give your bottle a shake prior to serving.  Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon as shown in the photo above.

Give the good old eggnog a rest and try making Coquito this year!  Drink responsibly and in moderation.  I am sticking to a serving of Coquito and a workout on Christmas Day!
Feliz Navidad!


  1. This is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have had this several times and love it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. It is the best Jessabells! If you want to stick to the traditional recipe just substitute the almonds for 3 more egg yolks, an extra 1/2 cup of rum instead of water, and do regular whole condensed and evaporated milk. Merry Christmas!

  3. OH. My. Gosh. That's insanely good looking and sounding. Isn't 'Coquito' a type of little frog? Or am I misremembering?

    1. Thank you! You are thinking of coqui Michelle, and yes that is a

  4. This recipe sounds delicious. I might try making this. Thank you.

  5. This sounds really good, I'll have to try it some time!

    1. You do! Let me know how it goes if you give it a try ;o)

  6. this is SO yummy!


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