A couple years ago, a few friends came over to my dad’s for some Christmas drinks and games. A large handle of homemade Coquito walked through the door. I had never had, but my dad warned us that it was stronger than it tastes. “Ok, dad…”. As we sat around the table playing a round of Cards Against Humanity, we KILLED the entire handle. Not a drop left. Let me tell you, it went down like a milkshake. Creamy, sweet, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. I could barely taste the rum. It was delicious. I stood up…. and almost fell over. My dad looks over and says “what did I tell you?”

Coquito is a Puerto Rican eggnog drink traditionally served around Christmas. Coquito means “little coconut”. How cute! My question is, how do you say “big drunk” in Spanish? Haha! I’m not sure how you mask the taste of an entire bottle of rum, but they do… It’ll even make the white folks holler “WEPA!”

If you take out of the equation how drunk it made everyone, the flavor is so good. Like, SOOOO good. It really does taste like a tropical island Christmas in a glass. And, at this point you know me… I get crazy in the kitchen and decided to whip up Coquito flavored overnight oats. And no, no actual rum was added. It’s breakfast you guys! Jeez.

13.5oz can unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp rum extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 pinches stevia
1 pinch salt

Mixing bowl
Large mason jar

Shhhh… let him sleep it off

Scoop 1 cup rolled oats into a large mason jar.

In a mixing bowl, combine coconut milk, vanilla extract, rum extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, stevia, and salt. Whisk until well combined.

Pour the liquid mixture into the mason jar. Seal it and give it a good shake until well combined. Place in the fridge overnight. I like to give it at least 8-12 hours to do its thing!

Give it a good stir before serving.

I’m always intrigued and inspired by different cultural holiday traditions. Coquito is definitely a tasty favorite — especially the real thing. But, remember, it’s stronger than it tastes. Drink responsibly! When I host holiday get togethers I love to keep some of the time-honored traditions alive, but do love to introduce my guests to some new things. To inspire you to do the same, I found some of these cookbooks…