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Holidays in Puerto Rico; Coquito, Parrandas, and Las Fiestas de La Calle!


Welcome to the merriest corner of the world—Puerto Rico! Our holiday season isn’t just a celebration; it’s a carnival of joy, starting with Thanksgiving and dancing through the lively octavitas, culminating at Las Fiestas de La Calle San Sebastián in Old San Juan. Brace yourself for twinkling lights, parrandas, coquito, chinchorreos, and endless parties!

Now, let’s dive into the heart of Puerto Rican merriment—parrandas! Picture this: a gang of friends bursting through your door with instruments, laughter echoing like holiday fireworks. “¡Asalto!” they shout, and suddenly your living room turns into a fiesta. It’s like Christmas caroling, but with a tropical twist. Trust us, if a local invites you to a parranda, buckle up for a wild sleigh ride of fun.

And speaking of sleigh rides, let’s talk food! Any holiday gathering here is a feast of lechón (roasted pig), pasteles, morcillas (yup, blood sausages), arroz con gandules, and more. But amidst these savory delights, there’s a superstar—the legendary Coquito! It’s like eggnog, but if eggnog had a tropical beach vacation.


a piece of cake on a plate

Coquito, the Puerto Rican elixir, is a creamy concoction passed down through generations. Made with coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, rum, and a sprinkle of warm spices, this should definitely become your eggnog substitution . It’s not just a drink; it’s a sip of Puerto Rican tradition, a passport to festive bliss.

Now, let’s bring the magic to your holiday shindig with our classic Coquito recipe. Get ready to be the Santa of the party:


  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1 cup of condensed milk
  • 1 cup of evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup of white rum (go wild, but locals swear by Don Q rum!)
  • Optional: ground cloves or a pinch of salt for that extra magic
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick and let the fiesta begin!


  1. Blend coconut milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg until your kitchen smells like a holiday dream.
  2. Gradually add the white rum—adjust to your cheer level!
  3. Blend until it’s a party in your blender.
  4. Pour this liquid gold into bottles or a container, let it chill in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight), letting the flavors dance the cha-cha.
  5. Serve chilled, sprinkle some extra cinnamon or nutmeg on top for the wow factor, and let the festive vibes flow!

As you lift your Coquito-filled glass, let the spirit of Puerto Rican Christmas fill your heart with joy, warmth, and a splash of tropical cheer. And hey, consider this your official invite to join us! ¡Salud! 🎄✨

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