Sunday, December 8, 2013

Imbibe…Christmas-y, Tropical-y…

We don’t tend to do a classic red bow Christmas
in this tropical land of sun and color that is Florida
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We happen to do pinks and oranges and gold gilded coconuts in this here casa.
 
So…say I…Why not add that  tropical twist on the classic Christmas eggnog?
Enter the Coquito.
Puerto Rico already figured this delicious concoction out…centuries ago.
It is true Feliz Navidad in a cup.
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Slowly cooking egg yolks and evaporated milk over a double boiler
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adding the quintessential tropical ingredients of
coconut milk, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla
and
white rum
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Then blending…
and then…pouring into a cleaned wine bottle
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and keeping in the fridge. Great to break out for guests.
Or continue to taste….and then REALLY get your decorating mojo going.
and hang glittery paper stars from the ceiling
as I may or may have not done.
IMG_7824 Coquito:  helping your tropical flag to fly.
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:: cha cha cha ::
Coquito…Puerto Rican Christmas eggnog
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) can cream of coconut
  • 8 oz of coconut milk (I use light)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (I tried it with non-fat)
  • 1 cup white rum
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • some fresh grated ginger (you can omit this….I did)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  1. In the top of a double boiler, combine egg yolks and evaporated milk. Stirring constantly, cook over lightly simmering water until mixture reaches a temperature of 160 degrees F. The mixture should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  2. Transfer mixture to a blender, and add cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, rum cloves, cinnamon,ginger  and vanilla. Blend for about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour into glass bottles, and chill overnight.
  4. Decorate your house in wild Christmas colors. You will. Promise.
 
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10 comments:

Rick Forrestal said...

Definite tropical take on Christmas.
Love it.

and that egg-nog looks sooooo good.
Yum. and Cheers!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Cheers! Make it....I dare ya Rick...

An Urban Cottage said...

That sounds awesome!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...
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Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

It was DIVINE....but particularly when it was still a touch warm. So so creamy (and decadent)

Becky Jerdee said...

Wonderful!!! Love the tropical-y colors...I've gone a little lime-y myself :)

VirginiaC said...

I'll be right over....that looks delicious....I can almost taste it from here.
I haven't even started on my homemade Bailey's Irish Cream as yet.
Bottoms up!!!!

tammy j said...

like a liquid dreamsicle . . . dreamsickel . . . dreamsickle . . dreamsyckle . . .
crap.
that delight on a stick we ate as kids. it made me think of that.
only with the spices added.
I love the riot of color. the sheer happiness of it all! yup. it's beginning to look a lot like christmas.

Jane Coslick said...

I want the pillows and the sofa..It looks so good..and the gold coconut.. genius!!!!

sealaura said...

that looks so good! I would love some coquito!! beautiful pics too. We are slowly decorating the our casita and once I turn my grades in, we are heading South for an adventure.

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