WEPAAAAA! COQUITO TIME!
By: Amy Vega-Guobadia
You can’t have the holidays in a Puerto Rican home with out Coquito. Coquito is the Puerto Rican version of eggnog. When my grandmother moved to Puerto Rico three years ago, she took the recipe with her. After searching and searching for a good recipe, I found it. I changed it for the right taste. Now I have been given the job of always making it for the holidays. YAY!
The recipe is so awesome I have to share it! Enjoy!
2 egg yolks, beaten
12 fluid ounce about 1 can of evaporated milk
14 ounce can of cream of coconut (Coco Lopez is the best)
14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup white rum (I prefer Bacardi)
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1- In the top of a double boiler, combine egg yolks and evaporated milk. Stirring constantly until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (for us type A people, until it reaches 160 degrees F)
2-Transfer mixture to a blender, and add cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, rum, water, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla. Blend for about 30 seconds. Pour into glass bottle or a heat resistant plastic bottle and chili overnight. Serves 10-12. Coquito is best on the second or third day.
Serve in a small glass. Some prefer a little cinnamon top. Wepaaa! Feliz Navidad.
PS: Please don’t forget that there is EGG in this drink. The alcohol content DOES NOT mean the drink will last forever. I suggest tossing the drink after 5 days if it was kept in the refrigerator or 10 days if it has been frozen and thawed.
For step by step picture directions visit Amy’s blog at http://alexandbeckysmom.blogspot.com/2007/12/wepaaaaa-coquito-time.html