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

Directions:
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!

11 comments:

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

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

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    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!

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

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

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

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    1. Cool! Keep me posted if you give it a try ;o)

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

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

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  6. this is SO yummy!

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