Christmas is around the corner, and with it comes coquito. Sometimes called Puerto Rican eggnog, the recipe varies by household, but traditionally, it's made with coconut cream, condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and a healthy helping of rum.
Though no Puerto Rican holiday gathering is complete without a few bottles of this delightfully sweet beverage, Miami has adopted it as its own.
Coquito is a traditional gift, and some people save bottles for months in order to package the treat as presents. In Miami, you can find coquito in many forms. From cocktails to beer to a handmade bottle of this delightful elixir, here's where to get your liquid holiday cheer.
Coquito Competition at the Anderson. This Sunday, enjoy a holiday party complete with a Proper Sausages barbecue with a menu by 27's chef Jimmy Lebron and Christmas karaoke. Bring a toy to donate and you'll get a complimentary drink. From 7 to 10 p.m. head to the Shack for a coquito competition where Miami's best bartenders will battle it out for bragging rights, courtesy of Plantation
Crawfish Eddie’s Christmas Coquito Special at Stiltsville Fish Bar. On the Thursday before Christmas, enjoy a coquito made with Bacardi's Havana Club rum ($6) along with special giveaways. Sit at the bar and hear
Deck the Halls at the Wynwood Marketplace. Come out to the festive evening filled with live entertainment, a virtual reality photo op, a holiday market for last-minute gifting, and an ugly sweater competition with the winner snagging a bottle of Effen vodka. Cocktails are half priced from 8 to 9 p.m., and if you RSVP you'll get a free glass of coquito. 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, December 21, at the Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-239-8833; wynwood-marketplace.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Makers and Sellers
Coquito El Cid. Jacqueline Cid is a Puerto Rican coquito maker that specializes in exotic versions of the classic holiday drink. This Miami Lakes-based operation offers various flavors daily, so call to see what's in stock. Flavors might include guava, pistachio, almond, Nutella, dulce de leche, coffee, and brandy. The cost for a bottle of original coquito is $23, and exotic flavors cost $25. Coquito El Cid makes the beverage year-round and delivers throughout Miami-Dade. Call 305-302-2470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
Coqui-to Holiday Beer at Wynwood Brewing. A celebration of the holidays in Puerto Rico, this limited-release brew is barrel-aged in Puerto Rican rum barrels, giving it a deep, sweet flavor rich in spices, vanilla, and coconut. Enjoy a 13-ounce glass in the taproom, and grab a few limited-edition cans ($20 each) as gifts. 565 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-982-8732; wynwoodbrewing.com.
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Coquito French Toast at Glass & Vine. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli is known for his innovative and playful dishes, but he's outdone himself with Glass & Vine's coquito French toast, flavored with coconut milk, cinnamon, and vanilla-maple syrup. Chow down during the weekly Saturday in the Park brunch, and pair with a bottle of Perrier-Jouët for $55. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at Glass & Vine, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; 305-200-5268; glassandvine.com.
Croquito Special at Latin Café 2000. Enjoy a croqueta-and-coquito pairing for only $4 at la ventanita. The offer is good during the holidays. 1052 Brickell Plaza, Miami; 205-646-1400; latincafe.com.
Pisco y Nazca. Pisco y Nazca offers coquito made with Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, spice-infused coconut cream, and cinnamon. It's available at both Doral and Kendall locations for $11 a glass. 8405 Mills Dr.
Miami and 8551 NW 53rd St., Doral; piscoynazca.com.
T’antay. This bake shop's coquito infuses rum with
TIti's Coquito. This locally made coquito costs $25 for one liter of original, but splurge on the Nutella variety for $30. Order through Instagram @Titiscoquito or call 305-879-8138 for delivery in Miami-Dade.