You’ll love this easy vegan coquito recipe with a creamy, sweet rum coconut flavor perfect for celebrating Christmas with a tropical touch!
What’s A Coquito?
A coquito is a rum-based Puerto Rican cocktail with a creamy, sweet texture and tropical coconut flavor.
It’s also known as the Puerto Rican version of eggnog as it’s a traditional Christmas drink in Puerto Rico, just as eggnog is in the USA.
Is The Classic Coquito Vegan?
Unfortunately, no. The classic coquito recipe is not vegan as it’s made with evaporated milk.
To make your own coquito recipe, you need to tweak the original recipe.
How To Make A Vegan Coquito
A vegan coquito is a dairy-free version of the classic coquito recipe.
Since it’s dairy-free, it’s also perfect for anyone with lactose intolerance as it doesn’t include milk.
All the ingredients you need to make a vegan version of a coquito cocktail recipe at home are:
- Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk – you will find this ingredient in a can next to condensed milk in most grocery stores. We recommend using Nature’s Charm’s condensed coconut milk.
- Cream Of Coconut – this is not the same as canned coconut cream. Cream of coconut is also found in a can, but it also contains sugar and thickeners that add flavor and texture to the drink. The best vegan brand for this recipe is Coco Lopez, a Puerto Rican brand that makes the cocktails perfect.
- Unsweetened Canned Coconut Milk
- Almond Milk – prefer unsweetened almond milk to avoid adding unnecessary sugar.
- Ground Cinnamon
- Vanilla Extract
- Shredded Coconut – this is optional, but I love the texture it adds to the cocktail.
- Rum – spiced rum or a combination of rums tastes better. See the note below on how to choose the best rum for coquito.
Preparing the cocktail
Shaking the cans
Before you start, make sure you shake all the cans of condensed milk and cream of coconut and coconut milk.
In fact, canned ingredients often separate in the can, fat going on top and liquid at the bottom.
Shaking the cans makes sure that you don’t miss an important part of the product.
Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend on the high-speed setting until smooth.
Place the cocktail in a glass bottle or jug and chill for 3-4 hours in the fridge before serving.
To make this cocktail faster, you can also chill the alcohol bottles and cans the day before.
Prepare the cocktail 30 minutes before serving, chill 30 minutes, then enjoy.
Swaps And Substitutions
If you can’t find the cream of coconut in the store, you can use the same amount of canned coconut cream.
However, you will have to add some maple syrup to the recipe to reach the sweetness and texture.
Usually, adding 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup is enough.
Storing Vegan Coquito
This vegan version of eggnog, also called coquito, doesn’t use egg yolks as classic eggnog.
It means it stores much longer and can be made ahead 2-3 days before.
Store your cocktail in a glass bottle in the fridge and open it just before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
The main alcohol used in a coquito recipe is rum.
But to make this flavorsome Puerto Rican eggnog recipe, we recommended using a combination of 3 rums.
– White rum
– Golden rum
– Coconut rum
– Homemade flavored rum
This said, it can be expensive to buy 3 bottles of rum, so another option is simply to use white rum that you infuse with cinnamon sticks and dried raisins.
To flavor your own rum, simply place the ingredients below into a sealed jar in the fridge. Let infuse overnight, filter, and use in cocktails the next day.
– 1 1/2 cup of white rum
– 1/2 cup of dried raisins
– 2 cinnamon sticks
Yes, most rum brands and spirits are vegan-friendly and don’t involve animals in their process.
The only liquors that are not vegan are the ones using honey or cream.
This cocktail must be served chilled with a pinch of ground cinnamon on top.
You can also decorate the glass with shredded coconut and add a stick of cinnamon to the glass for extra flavor.
More Vegan Appetizers
A cocktail is always better served with finger food like crackers, vegetable sticks, and a dip! Below I listed our favorite vegan appetizers to pair with this cocktail.
More Vegan Cocktails
For more vegan cocktails recipes, try some of the below:
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Vegan Coquito Recipe
- 1 can Condensed Coconut Milk - (11.2oz)
- 1 can Cream of Coconut - (13.5 oz) sweetened coconut cream, see note for unsweetened canned coconut cream option *
- 1 can Canned Coconut Milk - (13.5 oz)
- ½ cup Almond Milk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1 cup Dark Rum or Spiced Rum - or 1 1/2 cup for strong cocktail * see notes for other options
- In a blender, add all the ingredients sweetened condensed coconut milk, cream of coconut, coconut milk, almond milk rum, vanilla extract, and spices and blend on high speed until smooth – about 1 – 2 minutes.
- Chill the cocktail in the fridge in a sealed glass bottle or jug, for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Before serving, shake/stir. If too thick to your liking, thin with 2-4 tablespoons of extra almond milk, stir to combine, and serve.
- Serve in a glass with a stick of cinnamon and a pinch of ground cinnamon.
- 1 cup white rum
- 1/2 cup coconut rum
- 1/2 cup golden/dark rum