Instant Pot Coquito

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Instant Pot Coquito is one incredible holiday drink recipe you will want to make for all your holiday entertaining. Creamy, rich, and a boozy eggnog cocktail that is loaded with flavor and a kick. Purto Rican Coquito is a must-make recipe this year.

I use my Instant Pot as the double boiler in this Coquito recipe. I have found it to be my go-to method when it comes to needing a double boiler. It is so easy, and I can have it anywhere in my kitchen, which is close to a plugin. 

Instant Pot Coquito

You can whisk up the base to this Coquito in your Instant Pot and once you remove it toss in your alcohol and vanilla and chill in the fridge. Or if you can’t wait then pour some straight in a glass and sip it warm. 

Instant Pot Coquito

What is Coquito

Coquito is a traditional Puerto Rican holiday beverage that is often enjoyed during the Christmas season. The name “coquito” is derived from the Spanish word “coconut,” and the drink is characterized by its rich and creamy coconut flavor. It is sometimes referred to as “Puerto Rican eggnog” due to its similarities to the popular holiday drink.

The history of coquito can be traced back to Puerto Rico, where it has been a festive and cultural tradition for generations. The exact origins of coquito are a bit unclear, but it is believed to have been influenced by the island’s mix of Spanish, African, and indigenous Taino cultures.

Coquito recipes may vary from family to family, and each person often has their own unique twist on the drink. However, the basic ingredients typically include coconut milk or coconut cream, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, rum (usually white or gold), cinnamon, and sometimes other spices like nutmeg or cloves. Some recipes may also include ingredients like vanilla extract or egg yolks.

Making coquito is a social and familial activity, with many families passing down their secret recipes from generation to generation. It is often prepared in large batches and shared among friends and family during holiday gatherings. While traditionally associated with Christmas, coquito has become popular in various Latino communities and beyond, with people from different backgrounds enjoying this delicious and festive drink.

Instant Pot Coquito

What Alcohol Is Used In Coquito 

You will want to buy rum for this recipe. That is the alcohol that is used in Coquito. Now, there maybe be other alcohols you could swap and try if you are not a big rum fan. 

Instant Pot Coquito

What’s The Difference Between Coquito and Eggnog 

So you will find that eggnog is a milk-based drink that is made with eggs, sugar, and milk, you can add in alcohol or make it non-alcoholic. Coquito is a Puerto Rican Eggnog that is made with coconut and rum. It is an adult alcoholic holiday drink you will love sipping on this winter. 

How Long Does Coquito Last in The Fridge That is Made With Cooked Egg Yolks

If your coquito recipe includes cooked egg yolks as ours does, it reduces the risk of bacterial contamination compared to using raw eggs. Cooking the egg yolks helps eliminate harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, making the coquito safer to store for a longer period.

In general, a coquito made with cooked egg yolks should last in the refrigerator for a longer time compared to versions with raw eggs. When stored properly in a sealed container in the fridge, coquito with cooked egg yolks can typically be enjoyed for up to 1 to 2 weeks.

To maximize the shelf life:

  1. Refrigerate promptly: Place the coquito in the refrigerator as soon as it reaches room temperature after preparation.
  2. Use a sealed container: Store the coquito in a tightly sealed container to prevent the absorption of odors and to maintain its flavor.
  3. Monitor for spoilage: Keep an eye out for any signs of spoilage, such as an off smell, changes in color, or unusual texture. If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to discard the coquito.

Remember that these are general guidelines, and factors like the freshness of ingredients, hygiene during preparation, and the specific recipe can influence the shelf life. Always use your best judgment and prioritize food safety when storing homemade beverages in the refrigerator.

Instant Pot Coquito

Can I Make This Coquito Non-Alcoholic 

If you have kids who want to sip on some as well, you can replace the rum with coconut milk or even whole milk. Either will work and you will still get all the rich and creamy flavors in this drink. 

Or if you are not wanting a super-strong drink, simply replace part of the alcohol with milk. Whether that be coconut milk or regular milk. Then create a drink that fits your tastebud needs. 

If you want to serve this up and want to have strengths then wait to pour the rum in until you serve by the glassful. That way everyone can enjoy their strength of the drink. 

 Looking for more Instant Pot Drinks

Instant Pot Coquito

Coquito in the pressure cooker is a creative and easy way to enjoy your traditional recipe. Let me know how you like this sinfully delightful rum-based drink. 

Instant Pot Coquito

Instant Pot Coquito

Instant Pot Coquito


  • 2 Egg Yolks, beaten
  • 1 Can (12 oz) Evaporated Milk
  • 1 Can (14 oz) Cream of Coconut
  • 1 Can (14 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 Cup White Rum
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/4 TSP Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 TSP Cinnamon
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract


  1. *Using your instant pot as a double boiler, add the egg yolks and evaporated milk. Using a whisk, whisk your yolks and evaporated milk continuously. Keep whisking your mixture for several minutes until it reaches 160 degrees. It will be starting to get a nice thicker consistency.
  2. Once the temperature reaches 160 degrees, pour it into your blender. Add in the cream of coconut, condensed milk, white rum,water, ground cloves, cinnamon & vanilla. Blend until well blended. This does not take long, you just want to combine the ingredients well.
  3. Chill for at least 4 hours. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 to 2 weeks. Shake well before serving. 


*Please follow the link to my How To Use Your Instant Pot As A Double Boiler for simple safe instructions 

Thank you All Recipes for the base recipe used to convert to an instant pot version.

This post includes a recipe for alcohol. Drink responsibly. Sparkles to Sprinkles and it's authors are not responsible for the actions of our readers should they choose to make this recipe and consume it. Please drink responsibly.

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  1. 40 years ago I was in Costa Rica. There was a small little out of the way place that sold food.but they also sold what they said was “eggnog”. They made it in the back room (part of the allurement)and put in what ever bottle/jar they had. I wonder if this was the same as your COQUITO. It was very tasty smooth and not real strong.

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