Coquito de Puerto Rico
Everyone knows that a Latino Christmas celebration is full of cheer and delight, good music, delicious foods and original and traditional punches. The Christmas dinner — where family and friends come together to celebrate — is an ancient Roman tradition that began before the Christian era. It was not until 354 AD that the Roman Bishop Liberius officially declared that Christmas be celebrated on December 25th.
There is no other time for you to really get a chance to savor all the delicious holiday punches very popular among Latin American countries. According to historians, ancient Persian villagers consumed a very similar beverage that consisted of a mixture of water, lemon, herbs, sugar and rum called “panch.” That custom made it’s way to Europe where it underwent several changes and eventually evolved into what we call punch, and later became “ponche” in Spain.
Today, we still enjoy these traditional drinks with our own particular touch — hence a variety of punches. Fruit punches are among the most popular, but in several countries punches are prepared with different ingredients including milk, sugar, eggs and rum.
Without a doubt, milk is a key ingredient thanks to Carnation Evaporated Milk. It’s the component that makes the most notable change — it adds flavor and a rich and creamy consistency. Since 1899, Carnation Milk has been the favorite ingredient of the Latino housewife when preparing her best holiday beverages.
Remember to prepare your time-honored punch this holiday season. It makes the perfect gift — you can even present your concoction in a beautiful bottle decorated with holiday paper and a personalized gift tag.
We would love to learn all about your native country’s holiday beverages! Visit MiCocinaLatina.com and share your recipes with us. Here you can also find new recipes and obtain loads of information especially related to Latino cuisine.
MiCocinaLatina.com wants to share with you the recipe for the world-famous Puerto Rican Coquito, a tasty holiday beverage that your guests will simply love. Here is to happiness and good health!
Puerto Rican Coquito Recipe – Coquito de Puerto Rico
“COQUITO” PUERTO RICAN PUNCH
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 2 hours
1 cup water
2 cinnamon sticks
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
1 can (15 oz.) COCO LOPEZ Real Cream of Coconut
1 can (12 fl. oz.) CARNATION Evaporated Milk
1 cup rum
Powdered cinnamon, (optional)
Place water, cloves, cinnamon sticks and ginger in a small saucepan. Cook at medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat, cover. Let cool 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
Place the coconut cream, evaporated milk, rum, water and spices in blender, cover. Blend for 30 seconds or until well mixed. Refrigerate in a crystal container or bottle for at least 2 hours or until liquid is very cold. Shake well before serving.
To serve: Serve 2 ounces in appetizer glasses. Sprinkle with powdered cinnamon if desired.
Advice: Drop a cinnamon stick inside the bottle/container for added flavor.
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