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This Puerto Rican holiday classic combines coconut cream with a few types of milk, rum, and spices for a tropical spin on eggnog...but without the egg! Alex, Recipe Hunter

Alex Singer, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter

THE RECIPE

Coquito – Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog

Eggnog from the islands

Eggnog is one of the most controversial drinks in the U.S. – some people love it and some people absolutely hate it. But in Puerto Rico, the thick, milky, rum-spiked (eggless) concoction known as Coquito  is a favorite during Christmas time, and there’s no secret why! In a blender, combine a few different types of milk, coconut cream (not coconut milk), a healthy pour of rum, cinnamon, and vanilla until well combined. Then, to amp up the flavor even more, allow the entire thing to chill with vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks. Sweet, creamy, cinnamon-y, and delicious, this drink will be a crowd pleaser at your holiday party when poured over ice as a cocktail or served in small shots as an after-dinner treat.

THE CHEF

Alejandra Ramos

Food & Lifestyle Writer, Blogger, TV Contributor

Alejandra Ramos from Always Order Dessert

To me, cooking is about pleasure, comfort, and seduction. I love food that leaves an impression. I really believe if you begin with quality ingredients, you can afford to be a little decadent. There's no room for guilt at my table!

Alejandra is truly a culinary renaissance woman. As the writer and blogger behind Always Order Dessert, her passion for food and writing shines through, with each of her recipes sharing a story behind what inspired the dish. And little did we know that, like us, she’s a culinary adventurer! In 2004, she packed up her belongings and moved to Florence, Italy where she enrolled in culinary school and immersed herself in the local culture. Her experiences, travels, and interactions have influenced her recipes and writing, which reflect her attitude for “carefree” cooking and her belief that there’s always  room for a bit more sweetness.

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THE TIP

Evaporated Milk vs. Condensed Milk

Condensed Milk vs Evaporated Milk
 
Condensed milk and evaporated milk are often confused because their names sound so similar. And, don’t condensed and evaporated mean nearly the same thing? While both of these ingredients are often used in baked goods and drinks, they are not the same thing…well, not exactly:

Evaporated milk is milk where 60% of the water has been removed in a heating process, concentrating the flavor and making it thicker.

Condensed milk is most commonly used in its sweetened form and is essentially evaporated milk that has been heavily sweetened with sugar.

In essence, if you could find such a thing as unsweetened condensed milk (which we’ve never seen), it would be the same thing as evaporated milk. But, based on what most dishes call for, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk are not interchangeable so make sure to read the recipe and grab the right can.