If you’ve been around the industry the last coupla years, chances are you’ve been hearing a lot about something called a “Coquito”. What is it? Well, think of it sorta like eggnog, but without the egg…and with a lot of coconut…annnnnd with Puerto Rican rum, rather than whiskey. In fact, it’s often called “Puerto Rican Eggnog” and, if you think of it sorta like a Caribbean-influenced, coconutty eggnog without the egg, you will get a good idea of what it’s like.
Just like eggnog, there are a thousand family recipes that have been passed down over the years, and no two are exactly alike. However, (also like eggnog) there are some tasty, pre-bottled versions available for those of us for whom time, especially around the Holidays, is short. Though Bacardi’s RTD version has been out for a couple of years, this is the very first time we’ve been able to get it here in Mid-MO!!
We were really excited to get this in, but…a little bit apprehensive at the same time. Coconut-flavored liquors and liqueurs can either be a) incredibly delicious or b) reminiscent of suntan lotion. Thankfully, Bacardi’s RTD Coquito is really quite tasty! It’s chock-full of creamy, rich, fruity-and-toasty coconutty goodness, with subtle hints of spice, vanilla, and rum. At 15% abv, it’s not too strong, and while it’s pretty sweet, it’s not quite over the top. I think that a lot of y’all are gonna love this, simply poured over a few ice cubes. It really does make a great alternative to eggnog. However, as an avid rum lover and one whose sweet tooth generally tends towards food rather than alcohol, here’s how I’ve been enjoying it.
Dan’s Kicked-Up Coquito
Simply mix equal parts Bacardi Coquito and your favorite dry, spicy aged rum (I used Bacardi Ocho, which worked very well) over ice. Stir well, and garnish with a cinnamon stick. It couldn’t be easier, but this makes for a delicious (and somewhat dangerous) party drink! Add it to a punch bowl, dust it with nutmeg, and you’re good to go!
Bacardi Coquito 750ml $19.99/bottle on sale