Sure, everyone is expecting turkey on Thursday, but why not surprise your guests with hooch*?
This is something a guest brought to our home a few years ago for Thanksgiving, and we have repeated it every year.
The Fischers are known for our motley crew for Thanksgiving. We always have people who often have no other place to go. That often includes people new to town, new to the state or new to the country. One year my daughter invited a fellow school teacher for the holiday (she was from Puerto Rico) who had never been to a Thanksgiving lunch. And she brought our now favorite side dish.
Oh, wait. It wasn’t a side dish. But a side DRINK! She brought coquitos. It’s known as Puerto Rican Eggnog, but her recipe didn’t have eggs. It’s a delicious drink both boozy and sweet that is a great start to lunch.
I serve it in small glasses, so no one overdoes it. Then guests often come back after lunch asking, “You got any of that sweet drink left?” Friends, I present to you “that sweet drink.”
*For guests 21 years old and older only
Coquitos: Your New Favorite Pre-Game Hooch
- 1 (15-ounce) can of cream of coconut
- 1 (14-ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (12-ounce) can of evaporated milk
- 12 ounces of white rum (use less if you like)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract (or vanilla extract)
- Garnish: ground nutmeg or cinnamon or cinnamon stick
- Mix cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, rum, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and coconut or vanilla extract in a blender.
- Process them until they are well-mixed and then pour into a glass pitcher or bottle and cover it (or refrigerate the blender bowl).
- Refrigerate for about 1 hour before serving. This drink tastes best very cold.
- Shake to mix well right before serving. Pour into a small glass and sprinkle the top with nutmeg or cinnamon or garnish with a cinnamon stick.