Monday, December 18, 2006

Coquito Para Todos

Imagine the following:

1 cup coconut milk (i suggest organic or make if if you have the time!)
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup condensed milk
1 cup rum (light or dark, as you wish)
4 beaten egg yolks (try free range, organic)
3 sticks of cinnamon
1 half capful of vanilla

powdered cinnamon (to taste)
cloves, allspice, nutmeg (to taste)
saffron (to taste)

Also collect:
- wine bottles and corks
- smaller decorative bottles and caps to close

Suggestions: glass bottles and screw top bottles. your green grocer might carry empty bottles for olive oil or vinegars...those work great, too!

Coquito is as much recycling something you have used before as well as imbuing new spirit into the emptied bottle!

Now do this:
Combine these things in this way to make the egg nog of my people. it's hard for me to consume egg nog from a carton since this is so easy to make.

take the 3 cinnamon sticks and boil them together with a cup of water. your house will start smelling amazing. let this cinnamon tea cool to room temperature or cheat and put it in the fridge.

i like to whisk the milks, rum, and beaten egg yolks together in a large bowl. (you can also use a blender, but whisking = no use of electricity!)

in a liter bottle combine the cinnamon tea and milk blend together. for good luck and cheer i like to take a cinnamon stick from the tea and place it in the bottle of egg nog.

yields: about a liter or more. it DEFINITELY gets better with time.

feel free to substitute a rum flavouring for an alcohol-free version.

optional ideas: use left over coquito for a festive french toast!

i am looking to create a non-dairy blend for next year. no reason why lactose intolerant boricuas shouldn't be included on the festivities.

hasta que viene los reyes, todos!



Roger Williams said...

I left out the coconut milk (sorry - coconuts are the only food on earth I can't stand) and replaced it with whole milk, added cardamom and doubled up on the rhum for a joyeux Noël Ayitien. Now I can't walk or see straight, but I assure you, it's worth it.

wrki said...

ooo ooooo oooooo i want to try thine recipe, dear sir. the website was way cool...