Puerto Rican Coquito Recipe (Lactose Free)
The perfect coconut holiday cocktail to get you in the festive holiday spirit. This Puerto Rican Coquito recipe is a healthier twist on a classic Christmas cocktail celebrated throughout Puerto Rico during the holidays.
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When I set out to Cook Around The World for Christmas I knew that I wanted to include a few fun holiday cocktails that people like to celebrate with during the Christmas season. While I have always been more of a wine girl myself, lately my husband and I have really been getting into the art of making cocktails. There is so much that goes into the process of making cocktails from the way liquors are infused, to the flavor combinations used to match the mood of the moment.
Puerto Rican Coquito Cocktail - Perfect For The Holidays
When researching some of the most famous Christmas cocktails around the world, one of the most popular results that kept coming up was this Puerto Rican Coquito. The Puerto Rican Coquito is a coconut-y twist on a classic eggnog. Think eggnog meets piña colada and you will have yourself a Coquito — but since I am not the biggest fan of egg nog, I am just going to go out on a limb here and say that the Puerto Rican people are totally winning when it comes to their thick and creamy coquito recipe.
In Puerto Rico, Coquito’s are the most popular Christmas cocktail enjoyed during the holidays and can be found in almost every home, bar, and restaurant. While the traditional coquito recipe involves a combination of evaporated milk, condensed milk, coconut, spices, sometimes eggs, and rum, I wanted to try my hand at making this cocktail a little more friendly for people who may be lactose intolerant.
Since I can’t drink condensed milk or evaporated milk I wanted to see if I could make a lactose free version that would be a little more health conscious, but still just as delicious and boy did I do just that!
Puerto Rican Coquito Ingredients
Overall coquito’s are really easy to make with only a few simple ingredients needed to make this decadently thick and creamy cocktail. All you need are a few warming spices like: cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and of course your favorite coconut rum and you will be well on your way to creating this favorite traditional cocktail.
To get the creamy consistency of the coquito you will also need to use evaporated milk, but if you are like me and don't want to use evaporated milk you can sub it out for a lactose free whole milk kefir. I personally love the one from Green Valley Creamery, which is what I used in this recipe to create that deliciously creamy coconut flavor and texture.
I also personally opted to make my own coconut based condensed milk, which resulted in an absolutely decadent and flavorful Coquito that I already know will become a new holiday favorite.
Making Homemade Coconut Condensed Milk
Condensed milk is a common ingredient in many recipes, but for those looking for a somewhat healthier option or a lactose free/dairy free option it can be hard to find a suitable replacement. After many years of not being able to make recipes because I couldn’t find a good enough condensed milk alternative I finally decided to make one of my own.
While the process of making your own coconut based condensed milk does take time and patience, the result is a great substitute for traditional condensed milk.
To make homemade coconut condensed milk simply start by combining full-fat coconut, cup maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
Once boiling reduce heat to a simmer and sir consistently for ~30 minutes.
After 30 minutes or so, remove from heat and pour the condensed coconut milk into a jar and place in the refrigerator to cool completely. Once you are ready to make your coquito recipe or any other recipe simply use the condensed coconut milk in place of regular condensed milk.
Puerto Rican Coquito Recipe Perfect For The HOlidays
Condensed Coconut Milk
- 1 15oz can full-fat coconut
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 15 oz can full fat coconut milk
- 1 cup Green Valley Creamery Whole Milk Kefir
- 3/4 cup white coconut rum (can omit for non-alcoholic)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp coconut extract
- Optional: Cinnamon Sticks to serve
Condensed Coconut Milk Directions
In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring coconut milk and maple syrup to a boil.
Once boiling reduce heat to a simmer and add vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
Stir consistently for ~30 minutes.
Remove from heat and pour the condensed coconut milk into a jar and place in the refrigerator to cool completely.
Once the condensed coconut milk has cooled, add the condensed coconut milk, 1 can of full-fat coconut milk, whole milk kefir, rum, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, and coconut extract to a blender.
Blend on high until all ingredients are well combined.
Pour into individual glasses over ice and enjoy!