Eggnog is everywhere this time of year, and, delicious as it is, it can get tiresome. The first glass of eggnog of the season is a treat, but by the fifth time I'm offered a glass at a holiday party, it feels more like a slog. Even the biggest eggnog enthusiasts can get overwhelmed by its ubiquity in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In those moments, I'm always grateful for coquito. If you've never had coquito before, especially if you love eggnog and coconut, you're in for a treat. Coquito, Spanish for "little coconut," is a Puerto Rican drink that has the same rich, warm spicey notes of eggnog, but cut with coconut milk or coconut cream instead of or in addition to the dairy.
There are many variations on coquito, but the coconut flavor is a constant. If you're feeling intrepid, you can make a batch for yourself, but if you're just trying to grab something to run to a party, Bacardi released a limited edition holiday Coquito in a bottle, a pre-made version of the original. It retails for $29.99 and is available now, presumably until the end of the holiday season.
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The Bacardi version doesn't have the same richness and heft as making coquito yourself—something that's to be expected in something that needs to be shelf-stable until opening—but it's still a very delicious drink. Tasters at our office gave it high marks in terms of flavor, particularly for something that you'd just want to grab before heading to a holiday party. It would also be particularly nice with a little cinnamon or nutmeg grated on top, or spiked with more rum, depending on how boozy you want things. It's good enough that I would use it in a coffee as a sort of play on an Irish coffee. And it'll definitely be a welcome change—or just an addition—to the pre-holiday eggnog marathon we're all in the middle of.
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