- via NY Daily News
Coquito, a traditional Puerto Rican coconut milk-based cocktail, is fast becoming New York’s libation of choice during the holidays.
Usually enjoyed on Christmas Eve, coquito — Spanish for “little coconut” — has expanded its reach and can now commonly be found at parties from Thanksgiving through Three Kings Day on Jan. 6.
Travel writer Holly Corbett — who’s half Irish, half Italian — serves up her own coquito every holiday, using instructions she learned from an ex-boyfriend.
“I lost the boyfriend, but kept the recipe,” says Corbett, who prefers the coconut and rum flavors over eggnog.
While coquito’s allure is uncontested, what does stir up fierce debate are the ingredients for the easy-to-make concoction.
“There are as many recipes for coquito as there are Puerto Rican families,” says Fernando Martínez, director of Rums of Puerto Rico.