Dairy-Free Coquito
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This makes a lot of delicious coquito! If it's too much for your blender, puree the canned items separately, and then stir them together in your pitcher or bowl. Please note that the Prep time is hands on time only. This easy recipe is best when made several hours or a day ahead. See the post above for ingredient notes and tips.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Serves: 12 to 14 servings
  • 14 ounces dairy-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cream of coconut (I used Coco Lopez)
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk (regular, full fat)
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, to taste, plus additional for garnish (optional - I forgot in my photos)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1½ cups dark rum, or to taste
  • ½ to 1 cup unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
  1. Pour the dairy-free sweetened condensed milk, cream of coconut, coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg in your blender. Puree until smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Pour the mixture into pitcher or large bowl (with a lid) and stir in the rum and milk beverage.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving. It will keep for up to a month in an airtight container in the refrigerator. (If you used a good quality coconut milk (with a lot of cream), it will set up a bit as it chills. If this happens, just whisk it and scoop into the glasses. It will quickly liquefy quite a bit at room temperature.)
  4. Pour or ladle about ½ cup of the dairy-free coquito into a small cocktail glass. Sprinkle with a small pinch of cinnamon, if desired.
Ultra-Rich Version: Reduce the milk beverage to ¼ to ¾ cup, and blend in ¼ cup of thick, spoonable coconut cream with the other ingredients. I really liked it this way!

Coquito Ice Cream Option: Make the Ultra-Rich Version above, and reduce the rum to ½ cup to 1 cup. A full cup of rum will make it very creamy, but it will taste very spiked (Tony liked it that way). Using just ½ cup will make it less rum forward.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-coquito-recipe