For the second year in a row, Zoraida Graciani, a Puerto Rico born woman who resides in Tobyhanna but works in the Bronx, has won the annual Coquito drink test in New York City. The fifty three year old has been using a recipe passed down by her mother, although she has tweaked the recipe over the years.
Coquito is a rich, intoxicating version of the traditional eggnog. It has been called the “Puerto Rican moonshine”. The Coquito drink test tradition was started by Debbie Quinones eight years ago, when the maker of the best coquito in her Spanish Harlem neighborhood passed away. Quinones wanted to keep the tradition alive and began the search for the best coquito recipe. What started out as only friends and family turned into about 400 people showing up to the competition’s finals at el Museo del Barrio, a Latino arts museum in New York City.
Understandably, Zoraida Graciani and her husband are not sharing the secret ingredients to her mother’s coquito recipe. Not only would they like to keep it a secret because of the competition, but they are hoping to market the recipe in the future as well.
Not sure how to make a Puerto Rican Coquito drink? Here’s a simple recipe I found online:
* 2 cans coconut cream (or coconut milk)
* 1 can sweetened condensed milk
* 1 can evaporated milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1-2 cup rum
* 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
* 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1. Blend all ingredients in a blender on high for 5 minutes.
3. Serve cold, sip and enjoy!