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© Tina Rupp


  • SERVINGS: Makes about 2 dozen drinks
Carmen the Restaurant, Coral Gables, FL

Demand for the Coquito, a Latin take on eggnog, was so great that Carmen now serves the drink year-round, not just during the holidays.

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  1. 2 1/4 cups water
  2. Thick strips of zest from 2 limes
  3. 25 cinnamon sticks
  4. 2 1/3 cups sugar (1 pound)
  5. One 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
  6. One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  7. 16 ounces light rum
  8. 1/4 cup pure vanilla extract
  9. 3 large egg yolks (optional)
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water with the lime zest and 1 cinnamon stick and simmer over moderate heat for 15 minutes. Strain into a large heatproof bowl and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.
  2. Whisk in the sugar, coconut milk, evaporated milk, light rum, vanilla and egg yolks, if using; whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate the drink until chilled, about 2 hours. Stir well and ladle into small chilled martini or cordial glasses; garnish with the remaining cinnamon sticks.