It’s About Eggnog

From Thanksgiving through the holiday season, eggnog is a staple in the refrigerator. My taste for it must have started when I was a kid enjoying Mother’s homemade goodness. Once, however, I remember getting into trouble for pouring a cupful back into the punch bowl because it tasted funny. The funny was bourbon for which I had not yet acquired a taste.

Over the years I have tried many varieties and am amazed at how different they are. A few haven’t been satisfactory but most are pretty tasty. This year I went for something totally different made at home with an interesting combination of ingredients and no eggs!

Called Coquito, it appeared in an email from, an interesting and informative website. Said to be popular in the Caribbean islands, Coquito is a bit sweeter than traditional eggnogs and has the flavor of coconut. I’m a fan of anything coconut, so there was no doubting it would be tried.

Unless you don’t like coconut, Coquito is very satisfying. The recipe makes a generous amount that divided among small containers makes a nice gift. Should you want to try it before concocting a whole batch, make 1/4 of the following recipe.


56 ounces condensed milk

48 ounces evaporated milk

25 ounces Cream of coconut

4 teaspoons vanilla

4 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 750 ml bottle of white, anejo or spiced rum

Put all ingredients except rum in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool. Add rum and stir to combine. Transfer to sealable bottles and add one cinnamon stick to each. Seal and store in the refrigerator.

Serve over ice in a cocktail glass or in a chilled stem and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

14 thoughts on “It’s About Eggnog

  1. I had seen an article about Coquito but thought it might be a little sweet. But being the adventurous type, I don’t think I would say no to a glass. Wishing the two of you a healthy and happy New Year.

  2. You’re likely going to ask me to forget your number and never contact you again. I actually PREFER lite eggnog!!!!!! The taste, the texture, the depth…it has taken over my tastebuds! It has become more difficult to find in recent years here in the Kansas City area, but my husband dutifully tracks it down for me so that I can enjoy a few well-liquored cups during the holidays. And I do mean WELL-liquored!!!!🤣🥃🤣🥃🤣🥃 I’m going to try to make it myself from here out to give Ramon a break, but achieving that texture will be my greatest challenge, I think. When I was a kid and young adult, I slammed back COPIOUS amounts of the real deal and made it from scratch on a whim. I guess times really DO change!🙃

    Enjoy your New Year celebration!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy a cup of eggnog for me!!!!

  3. Well, this sounds really good. I happen to love eggnog and didn’t have any this Christmas season!

    1. Then your waistline probably didn’t suffer as much as mine!

  4. I know, and LOVE both the traditional and the Caribbean Coquito version!

    1. I’m hooked on Coquito, at least for now.

  5. This sounds quite tasty!
    We did not enjoy any eggnog this season… hmmmm!
    I may make this……..yum!

    1. It’s really easy. I’m thinking you could skip the heating part and just put the milks and spices in the blender and mix it all together before adding rum.

  6. That sounds tasty as I also love coconut but will always remember mom making the kind with raw eggs when we were young and stayed home from school sick.

    1. Seems to me there were many things that had raw eggs and we live to tell about it!

      1. But then again we usually hard farm fresh ones so that may be the difference 🙂

  7. Well you just inspired me to get up and walk to the spare refrigerator to pour a generous cup of nog!

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