Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Coquito (A Puerto Rican Tradition)

Today I blog about a wonderful recipe given to me by my good friend Veronica. 

Veronica is from Puerto Rico and I adore her stories of family, friends, and tradition. Just this past week she stopped over with a beautiful bottle of Coquito, (pronounced ko-ke-to.) that she made from scratch in honor of her Christmas, New Year and The 3 Kings tradition in Puerto Rico.

Amongst the million things her and her husband Ron have going on while raising their beautiful daughter and re-modeling their new home, they still have time to swing over for visits with us. In her spare time, Veronica also sends out invitations on behalf of The Little Bitchin Kitchen and her husband offers his time as a taste tester for The LBK. Everything they do is just tremendously generous. Thank you Veronica and Ron for all that you do!

I felt compelled to share this drink because it you like Coconut and/or the Almond Joy candy bar, you will fall in love this drink! I couldn't get enough of it and the bottle she brought over was gone in a matter of hours. Thankfully, I was able to at least snap a picture of it so you can see how tasty it looks. 

Do yourself a favor and try a different tradition this year! I really think you will enjoy it! 

1 (15 oz) cream of coconut (Coco Lopez)
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk  
2 Cups of white Rum (recommended Bacardi or Don Q) 
½ Teaspoon of Cinnamon 
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract  

In a blender, pour cream of coconut, evaporated milk, rum, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Blend for about 30 seconds. Pour into glass bottles and chill overnight.

Before serving, shake each bottle well. If the mix is frozen use the blender one more time  for 30 more seconds. Serve in glass cups and sprinkle with a little more cinnamon.  

Cheers to you Veronica and Ron!
-The Little Bitchin Kitchen

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