National Coquito Day
Coquito is a Puerto Rican version of eggnog. It is a popular holiday drink that is flavored with rum and coconut. Coquito is translated as “little coconut” and is known for its generous use of rum and coconut.
One sip of Coquito can transport you to a tropical island with palm trees that sway in wind and a sandy beach. It is truly the island spirit in bottles. Coquito can be enjoyed all year, but it is best when made for holidays. Families return to the family recipes they know and love, and they make Coquito every year.
National Coquito Day is the ideal time to try the delicious holiday drink, regardless of whether you have never tried it before or have a family recipe for many generations. For a classic Coquito experience, serve it cold in a shotglass. Sprinkle cinnamon on the rim to make it more festive.
Although National Coquito Day is a recent invention, it was created by Destileria Serralles in 2018, who are also the company that makes DONQ(r), the most popular brand of rum in Puerto Rico. However, the drink has a much older origin. Although it is not clear where exactly Coquito came from, it is believed that the original Coquito drink, which we still enjoy today, was created in the early 1900s. It became popular between 1950 and 1970 due to its publication in many leading Puerto Rican cookbooks such as Cocine a Gusto or The Puerto Rican Cookbook. As more people tried Coquito over the years, the delicious tropical flavor spread and is now available all over the globe.
Some believe that the original Coquito was introduced to Puerto Rico by the Spanish colonial period. Puerto Rican Rum eventually replaced Caribbean Rum, and tropical coconut was added to the recipe to give it a Caribbean flavor. No matter what origins of Coquito may have been, it is delicious and we are grateful to those who created it.
Three different Puerto Rican families would likely share three different Coquito recipes. This is because Coquito is a homemade drink and most families have passed down their secrets recipe through the generations. While the exact recipe for Coquito is not known, you can find many online recipes. It always requires four ingredients: milk, cream of coconut and Puerto Rican Rum such as PALO VIEJO (r) and DON Q(r). You can use any brand of liquor in a Coquito recipe. However, it is best to use a traditional Puerto Rican Rum for the best taste.
You don’t have to love coconut. Try chocolate, almond or pistachio. For children and those who are not able to drink alcohol, the rum can be left out for a creamy alternative. Coquito can be made without dairy, making it vegan-friendly. Once you have found the perfect recipe, just add everything to a blender and blitz it to combine. Voila!
Make a batch of Coquito ahead of time with your family and fill it with love. Then, put it in the refrigerator for at least four hours, but better for up to three days. The flavors will develop and it will be thicker by the time you serve the Coquito. Enjoy it chilled straight from the fridge on National Coquito Day in a cinnamon-dusted glass. Coquito isn’t the same without friends and family, so make sure you have a Coquito party and share it with everyone.
In today’s fast-paced world, traditions can be easily lost. It is important to remember them and pass them on to the next generation. National Coquito Day is keeping a tradition alive such as drinking a holiday glass with Coquito.
Coquito is a social holiday beverage and should be shared with family and friends. This means that National Coquito Day can be celebrated by cracking open a few, gifting some to friends, then getting together to toast Puerto Rican heritage.
Enjoy the tropical coconut flavor and Puerto Rican Rum warm your stomachs. Take a moment to enjoy this unique drink. A great way to celebrate National Coquito Day, is to make a fresh batch to share with family and friends. This usually happens on Christmas Day. Attach a ribbon to the top. Write on the label “Made with Love” and share some Puerto Rican history.