BronxMama Recipe: COQUITO!

 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)
1/2 water
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.
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  1. Thanks for this! Gonna try it out and surprise my bf (he’s from PR)


  2. I’m from the Bronx, New York, but live in Ohio now. I used to love to eat the coquito from the vendors that sell from the cart. It’s like an italian ice, but is coquito. Do you have a recipe for that, because I have been craving this for the longest & would like to make it. Much appreciated! Belinda,


    1. MMM sounds good! I will look into it and also ask the other BronxMamas!


      1. Have you found that recipe yet? Coquito ices from Bronx, New York?


        1. It’s called “helado de coco”. As a kid I waited everyday for the guy to come down my block. I can still here him calling out “helado de coco, pina, chery!” There are many recipes for it online. It’s like a coconut sorbet.


    2. It’s called limber de coco, I found the recipe below for it, it’s amazing:

      Limber de Coco

      1/2 can evaporated milk
      1/2 can coconut milk
      1/4 cup sugar
      1 tsp. vanilla
      1 egg yolk
      Cinammon to taste
      1/2 cup of shredded coconut


      Mix evaporated milk, coconut milk, sugar, vanilla, egg yolk and cinnamon in a bowl. Add additional sugar and cinnamon to taste.

      Pour into popsicle molds.

      Freeze and Enjoy!!


      1. That’s not it! I know of Limber de Coco. Looking for the Coconut Ices from Bronx, New York. They sell it from the cart stands.


  3. I’m so glad to see another Bronx girl craving coquito that’s sold in the carts in those white paper cups on every corner in the Bronx! The recipe for Limber de coco sounds good except the part about putting it in popsible molds. That sounds like an icee. I’m looking for the creamy coquito that is scraped with a large spoon and put in the paper cups. Is that the same recipe for it? I live in Florida and no one has it and I want it. Is there a company I can contact to buy the coquito already made? Please help me bring this beautiful Puerto Rican delicacy to Florida! Thank you!


  4. I found the place that actually sells the legit ones. There are copycats that are subpar.
    But this is the only one I’ll spend my dollar on 😀
    Maybe call them up and ask if they ship out of state or have a distributer near you.


  5. It’s so good to know that I am not the only one craving coquito! I grew up mostly on the lower east side and could not wait for the coquito cart to show up! There’s nothing better! Please if anyone shares the recipe you must let me know too!



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