National Coquito Day is celebrated in America, and it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to the delicious drink from Puerto Rico. They love to make it for Christmas, so don’t wait until the holiday to rehearse – start on December 21!
Translated from Spanish, Coquito literally means “little coconut”. This gives you a hint of the flavor – traditionally, it consists of coconut milk, cream, condensed milk, and white rum, making it a rich and cozy drink with incomparable taste characteristics. Fans of the cocktail will immediately feel like it’s a holiday, so join them and get in a good mood!
The origin of the drink is unclear, with some claiming it was first brought to Spain during the colonial period. Rum was experimentally added to the mix, resulting in a delicious concoction that was then taken around the Caribbean, resulting in some changes to the recipe. Initially, milk was the main ingredient, but someone decided to add coconut, and it was the right decision.
National Coquito Day has been featured since 2018, organized by the oldest family company, Destilería Serrallés, which is involved in the production of rum. Despite its relatively recent founding, it has quickly become a part of American culture.
- Many families have special recipes that have been passed down through the generations, making it difficult to get your hands on them.
- A ready-made cocktail is sold in supermarkets, with special sales happening around Christmas.
- Some like to make coquito with liquor.
- In New York, the Coquito Masters competition has been held since 2002.
- Usually, the cocktail is served in small glasses or shot glasses, garnished with cinnamon or nutmeg.
How to take part
Throw a National Coquito Day party and invite your friends! Create cocktails and add your own original notes. Compare the classic look and the newly acquired one, and share your opinion with others. Take pictures of your masterpiece creations and post them on social media – have fun!
When is National Coquito Day celebrated in 2023?
National Coquito Day is observed on December 21 each year.