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November 21, 2022
Wow, I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful this holiday season was for me and my family. It was the best one we’ve had in a while, and I couldn’t be more grateful for such a loving and fun family! Christmas hasn’t always been a happy time for us. My parents got divorced when I was in college and although that was 12 years ago, this was the first year I feel like we really got back on track as far as spending the holidays together as a family. Of course, we still did have two separate Christmas celebrations, but both were equally special and fun.
Out of everyone in my family, I have an extra special bond with my grandma on my dad’s side. She is one of my best friends in the world and I can talk to her about anything. We are so alike in so many ways and I admire her tremendously. I really connect with the latin culture on that side of my family. My grandma moved here from Puerto Rico when she was a teenager and raised us with that latin flavor. I remember always loving her Spanish music, arroz con gandules, and now, coquito. Coquito is my grandma’s favorite holiday cocktail. It’s kind of like egg nog, but about a million times better. So, of course, we had to make some this year!
It’s really quite simple to make once you have all the ingredients. For real, you just blend it all together and pop it in the fridge for an hour. Here’s how I made it:
2 cups Bacardi Superior
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 13.5 oz can coconut milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
shaved coconut for garnish
cinnamon sticks for garnish
Like I said, just mix it all together! I used a blender. Pop it in the fridge for about an hour and it’s ready to serve. I garnished mine with some cinnamon, a touch of shaved coconut, and then used a cinnamon stick as a stirrer.
Super simple, right?! When my grandma took her first sip she said, “oh yeah, now this is coquito!” She was transported back to Puerto Rico with all the rich flavors and that tropical coconut scent. And it means even more this year since I will be heading to Puerto Rico for my first time ever in just two weeks! Did you know that the Bacardi distillery is in Puerto Rico? Talk about authentic! I think that was a big part of why my grandma said that about the coquito. Nothing like a little taste of home during the holidays, right?!