Discover the Delight of Pumpkin Coquito: A Festive Twist on a Puerto Rican Classic

As the leaves turn golden and the air grows crisp, our palates begin to crave the comforting and warming flavors of the season.

While many of us are familiar with the beloved pumpkin spice latte or the classic pumpkin pie, there's another pumpkin-infused delight that's sure to elevate your holiday celebrations: Pumpkin Coquito.

What is Coquito?

For those new to this culinary gem, coquito is a traditional Puerto Rican drink. Rich and creamy, it’s a coconut-based concoction that’s typically enjoyed during the holiday season. Made with coconut milk, and sweetened condensed milk, coquito is a festive staple in many Puerto Rican households.

Pumpkin Coquito

Ready to try this festive drink? Here's a simple recipe to get you started:


- 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree

- 1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk

- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk

- 1 cup coconut cream (for extra richness)

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- 1 tsp ground cinnamon

- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

- 1/2 tsp ground cloves

- 1/4 tsp ground ginger


1. Blend Ingredients: In a blender, combine the pumpkin puree, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and coconut cream. Blend until smooth.

2. Add Spices: Add the vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger to the mixture. Blend again until everything is well combined.

3. Chill: Pour the mixture into a large pitcher or bottle and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, to let the flavors meld together.

4. Serve: Shake well before serving. Pour into small glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick.

- If you prefer a thicker consistency, add more pumpkin puree or reduce the amount of evaporated milk.

Why You'll Love Pumpkin Coquito

1. Seasonal Flavors: The addition of pumpkin puree and spices makes this drink taste like autumn in a glass.

2. Festive Spirit: Pumpkin coquito is perfect for holiday gatherings, offering a unique twist on traditional holiday drinks.

3. Ease of Preparation: With a blender and a few ingredients, you can whip up a batch in no time.

A Toast to New Traditions

Pumpkin coquito is more than just a drink; it’s a celebration of flavors and cultures coming together. It’s a testament to the versatility of traditional recipes and how they can be adapted to incorporate new, exciting ingredients.

As you gather with friends and family this holiday season, why not introduce them to this delightful beverage? It’s sure to become a new favorite, sparking joy and conversation with every sip.

Hey, Lykkers! Cheers to delicious discoveries and the warmth of shared traditions. Here's to a festive season filled with love, laughter, and the delightful taste of pumpkin coquito!

Pumpkin Coquito

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