Holiday Recipes

Coquito de Almendra – Receta de Puerto Rico / Puerto Rican Coquito

Christmas is not Christmas for us Puerto Ricans without Coquito. If you don’t know what Coquito is, I’ll tell you now. Coquito is a creamy, coconut-based beverage original from Puerto Rico.

Ingredients ready to be blended

This delicious coconut drink is a staple in Puerto Rico during the Christmas festivities. The traditional recipe calls for coconut milk, coconut cream, evaporated milk, condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon and white rum. The rum is the key ingredient but you can totally skip it. See the video for details.

Some people describe Coquito as eggnog without the eggs, but they are very different. Eggnog has raw egg, Coquito doesn’t have eggs. There’s a punch recipe from Puerto Rico that is similar to eggnog and contains raw eggs. Nowadays there’s a lot of variations of Coquito, people make it in different flavors and adding a variety of liquors and spices.

For this recipe I used my traditional recipe as a base, which includes white rum, brandy and coconut rum. I added almond and amaretto extract plus raw almonds. This recipe is very easy to make and so delicious. 

For a vegan recipe replace the evaporated milk for almond milk and the condensed milk for coconut condensed milk.

Heres’s a video tutorial for this recipe!

If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think! Leave a comment and don’t forget to take a picture and share it on my Facebook page or tag it #thehungrydragonfly on Instagram! I love seeing your creations!

Here’s the recipe:

Coquito de Almendra – Receta de Puerto Rico


1 can of Coconut Milk

1 can of Coconut Cream

2 cans of Condensed milk. Replace with vegan condensed milk for a dairy free version.

2 cans of Evaporated milk. Replace with almond milk for vegan.

2-3 Tablespoons almond extract

1 Tablespoon of Amaretto extract

1/3 ground almond

Pinch of Salt

If you are adding rum:

1 cup White rum

1/4 Brandy

1/4 Coconut rum


Add all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until all the ingredients are incorporated. Pour inside jars and refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Enjoy!



Hey there! Welcome to The Hungry Dragonfly! I’m Mariela, the writer, photographer and recipe developer behind The Hungry Dragonfly!

I share vegetarian and vegan recipes that are simple to follow and require friendly ingredients that are easy to find. Because life is about having a balance. I create healthy recipes and also some comforting dishes, as well. What else can you find here on my blog? I share seasonal baking recipes and tips, lifestyle ideas, pet friendly road trips and coffee shops.

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  2. Well, I was diving into the Coquito Tres Leches cake recipe, when I jumped to learn what Coquito is and then I got stuck on this drink! I love coconut and when I saw that Amaretto or Coconut Rum might be added, I’m in! This looks soooooo delicious! Some of my very favorite flavors all together! Okay, now back to the cake …

    1. Thank you so much! If you love coconut, you’ll love coquito!

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