DIY December: Coquito

Happy holiday season! All month long we will be sharing some DIY gift ideas!

I am passionate about how I spend my money this holiday season. With everything that went down in 2016, I want to put my money where my hashtags are and avoid spending with large businesses. One way to do that is to DIY your gifts.

Around the holidays, many New Yorkers try to get their hands on a bottle of coquito, so I thought this would be a great DIY gift. Coquito is a rum and dairy based drink that originated in Puerto Rico and traditionally shared around Christmas and New Years. Many Caribbean islands have their own rendition of a holiday beverage but I asked my friend Katerina to help me make it the original Puerto Rican way. Katerina is from Hatillo, Puerto Rico and her family has used this recipe for years. I really love coquito, it is like an island spin on eggnog and a perfect blend of sweetness and smooth rum. Try this recipe and let me know what you think!



1 can of condensed milk

1 can of evaporated milk

1 can of cream of coco

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp of nutmeg

1 tsp of ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp of cinnamon clove

1 cup of white rum or coconut rum

2 egg yolks

In a pot whisk together the evaporated milk, ground cinnamon, cinnamon clove, nutmeg, vanilla extract and egg yolks. Bring to a slight simmer and really mix the ingredients up, this will bring the flavors together.

Then remove the pot from the flame and add the condensed milk, cream of coco and rum. The cream of coco is pretty thick, so we used an electric mixer to really break it down and mix up the ingredients. You can also use a blender for this part.

Once your coquito is well blended, bottle it up and refrigerate for at least two hours. I like to add a bow for a festive touch and it's ready to be gifted.


Check back each week for a new #DIYDecember!


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