Puerto Rican Coquito

Celebrate with friends and family with this easy-to-make thick and creamy holiday cocktail. Coquito is a coconut rum drink that is very popular in Puerto Rico and is typically served during the holiday season. This tasty beverage also makes a nice nightcap!

INGREDIENTS:
• Pinch of salt
• 3⁄4 tsp. cloves
• ¼ tsp. nutmeg
• 1 tsp. cinnamon
• 1 ½ cups Bacardi White Rum (coconut flavored)
• 1 15 oz. coconut cream
• 1 13.5 oz. coconut milk
• 1 12 oz. evaporated milk
• 1 14 oz. condensed milk
• 2 anise stars (optional)
• ½ cup of water (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. For the optional step: In a small pot, add water and anise. Gently boil for 2-3 minutes. Let cool completely, then remove anise seeds from water.
2. In a blender, add all of the ingredients, minus the Bacardi. (Depending on size of the blender, you may have to do this in batches.)
3. Add mixture to a pitcher. Next, add in the Bacardi, and with a large spoon, mix together. Refrigerate until completely chilled before serving.
4. Serve with ice in a glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon powder on top, then enjoy!

DID YOU KNOW? Some believe the Puerto Rican drink was brought to the Caribbean by the Spanish during Puerto Rico`s colonial period. The Spanish took their version of “eggnog” and combined it with the local rum creating coquito.