Coquito

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Happy 2014 everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve. We rang it in with our good friends Jorge and Erin, a tradition going back as long as we can remember. This year, we all ended up in Rhode Island for dinner and dancing at Spain Restaurant. It’s a beautiful establishment we’ve been to before, providing excellent food and a festive midnight celebration. With sparkly party hats on our heads and champagne glasses in hand (just water for me!), we salsa-ed our way into January.

However, before we went out for our 9:30pm seating, the group of us honored another tradition: toasting with coquito. I refer to this sweet, caramel-like drink as a Puerto-Rican eggnog, which originally calls for 12 yolks. In an effort to keep our cholesterol levels down, we’ve made some modifications leaving that part out. 

This mixture of sweetened condensed milk (the same stuff used to make dulce de leche!), coconut milk and evaporated milk is like tres leches in a glass. Typically spiked with rum for an insanely decadent cocktail, we made two different batches so I could have some too!

Want to take this up to a whole new level? Add a scoop or two of ice cream, I highly recommend pistachio, for an adult milkshake that is out of this world! Feeling tropical? Throw in a fruity flavor like mango, or be like a kid again with cookies and cream.

Top it off with a little cinnamon and toast to an exciting new year ahead! Cheers to 2014!

Ingredients:

1 (15 oz.) can Coco Lopez, cream of coconut milk

1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

1 (12 oz.) can Carnation evaporated milk

1 cup rum (optional)

1-2 scoops pistachio ice cream (optional)

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Instructions:

In a blender, combine coconut milk,

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Sweetened condensed milk,

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And evaporated milk.

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Blend until well incorporated.

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For a smooth drink, pour over a strainer to separate coconut bits.

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Add one cup (or your coconut milk can) of rum. Blend again.

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Chill in the fridge or serve immediately over ice.

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Sprinkle with cinnamon, then drink and enjoy for a healthy, happy, wonderful new year ahead!

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