Homemade Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)

Ana Sofia Pelaez

This traditional Puerto Rican eggnog is a favorite throughout the Caribbean. Canned coconut milk can be substituted, but processing freshly grated coconut with spice-infused water yields the richest flavor. This recipe comes from Ana Sofia Pelaez of the blog Hungry Sofia.

Homemade Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)
Traditional Puerto Rican egg nog is a favorite throughout the Caribbean.
Yield: makes about 7 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 large whole, dried coconuts (about 3 1/2 lbs.)
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 tsp. anise seeds
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 (13.5-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 12 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 12 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 14 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
  • 18 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 12 cups dark rum

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400°. Using a corkscrew, open the three "eye" holes at the narrow end of each coconut; invert over a measuring cup fitted with a fine mesh strainer. Drain coconuts, reserving liquid; set aside. Bake coconuts 20 minutes; transfer to a cutting board, cover with a towel and tap sharply with a hammer until coconuts crack into large pieces. With a paring knife or large spoon, remove meat from shell; peel away brown papery husk and discard. Finely chop meat (you should have about 4 cups); set aside.
  2. Combine reserved coconut liquid and enough water to equal 2 cups; add cinnamon stick, star anise, and anise seeds. Bring to a boil in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and steep 10 minutes. Strain and discard spices; set aside.
  3. Combine liquid and half of coconut meat in a blender; mix on high speed until finely pureed and thickened, about 30 seconds. Pour through a cheesecloth-lined fine mesh sieve into a measuring cup; gather ends of cheesecloth, twisting tightly to extract liquid. Discard coconut solids and return strained liquid to blender with remaining coconut meat. Repeat blending and straining process (you should have 2-3 cups coconut milk); rinse blender and wipe dry.
  4. Combine coconut milk, yolks, condensed milk, evaporated milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in blender; mix on high speed until frothy, 30-60 seconds. Whisk in rum and refrigerate until ready to use.