Puerto Rican Christmas Coquito (Lactose Free)

Puerto Rican Lactose Free Coquito - The perfect coconut Christmas cocktail to get you in the festive holiday spirit - The Well Essentials - #puertorico #christmas #holidaycocktails #coquito

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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 Lactose Free Coquito - The perfect coconut Christmas cocktail to get you in the festive holiday spirit - The Well Essentials - #puertorico #christmas #holidaycocktails #coquito

For example, when making a cocktail it’s important to think about what feeling the cocktail is trying to supplement. Is it going to be sipped slowly on a cozy winter night? Is it going to be paired with food? Or served as an after dinner “dessert”? The possibilities are endless, which is why for this holiday series I wanted to include a few fun and festive cocktails that you can make for your friends and family to enjoy this holiday season.

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 kind of hate 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 creamy Christmas cocktails.

Puerto Rican Lactose Free Coquito - The perfect coconut Christmas cocktail to get you in the festive holiday spirit - The Well Essentials - #puertorico #christmas #holidaycocktails #coquito

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 recipe for a Coquito 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 us Lactose Intolerant folks.

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 Lactose Free Coquito - The perfect coconut Christmas cocktail to get you in the festive holiday spirit - The Well Essentials - #puertorico #christmas #holidaycocktails #coquito
Puerto Rican Lactose Free Coquito - The perfect coconut Christmas cocktail to get you in the festive holiday spirit - The Well Essentials - #puertorico #christmas #holidaycocktails #coquito

Instead of using evaporated milk and condensed milk I opted to make my own coconut milk based condensed milk and used a lactose free whole milk kefir from my friends at Green Valley Creamery to create that deliciously creamy coconut flavor and texture.

What I love about Green Valley Creamery is that they make the only organic, and sustainably produced yogurt, kefir, cream cheese, and other naturally lactose free dairy products. This is huge for someone like me who cannot tolerate a lot of lactose, but wants to enjoy dairy products that have been produced using sustainable and organic practices. To this day I have used almost all of their products in my recipes and they have never disappointed me...this recipe was no exception.

The result of combining my own condensed coconut milk with whole milk Green Valley Creamery kefir for this Coquito recipe was absolutely amazing, and I already know that these Coquitos are going to become a new Christmas favorite.

Puerto Rican Lactose Free Coquito - The perfect coconut Christmas cocktail to get you in the festive holiday spirit - The Well Essentials - #puertorico #christmas #holidaycocktails #coquito

Puerto Rican Christmas Coquito (Lactose Free)

makes roughly six cups


Ingredients

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

Coquito

  • 1 15 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup Green Valley Creamery Whole Milk Kefir
  • 3/4 cup white rum (can omit for non-alcoholic)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp coconut extract

Directions

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.

Coquito Directions

  • 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!