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Foul-Mouthed Foodie: Holiday Mixers to Bring the Family (Puerto Rico Style)

I’ve told y’all before that I’m Puerto Rican. As enjoyers of all good things in life, we take our alcoholic drinks pretty seriously, especially during the holidays. Our Christmas starts in early December and ends essentially in February. We don’t really have to worry too much about staying warm during the “winter” (hello, from 75-degree Luquillo!), so the drinks I’m about to share are all cold, but honestly, with the amount of alcohol you put in them… you’ll warm up, I guarantee it. I’m about to show you how to make four super quick and easy drinks that will make you a hit with your family and friends during the holiday.

1. Coquito

Coquito is a popular topic of conversation in American news outlets every Christmas because it’s very similar to eggnog, but it’s… good? This drink is honestly so delicious that I know for a fact my best friend takes my leftover coquito and uses it for coffee creamer after our holiday parties. You simply mix 1 can of coconut cream, 1 can of coconut milk, 2 cans of evaporated milk, ½ can of condensed milk and 2 cups of white rum. Some people like adding moonshine to their coquito, but I’m going to leave that decision up to you. Add cinnamon for garnish.

2. Piña Colada

First of all, yes. The piña colada was invented by us. There’s your trivia for the day. This drink is also very simple to make, although you will need a blender. Grab 1 cup of pineapple juice, ½ cup of coconut cream, 1 cup of white rum and two cups of ice. Blend that shit up and enjoy, my friends. If you’re into garnish, add some cherries and whipped cream to that noise.

3. 43 Con Leche

Fair note: this drink isn’t necessarily Puerto Rican, and the liquor you need for it is from Spain. Alas, I’ll add it here ‘cause it’s yummy. If you’ve ever had a white Russian, a 43 con leche is very similar. It consists of Licor 43 and milk. Licor 43 is an orange-flavored liqueur. You simply pour 1 parts Licor 43 over 2 parts milk. If you want to kick it up a notch, garnish the drink with cinnamon. 

4. Sangria

If my mom finds out I’m sharing the family sangria recipe with you, she will literally murder me. No one share this with her. For this sangria you simply mix: one bottle of merlot, ½ cup of brown sugar, 1 can of orange juice concentrate, 1-2 cups white rum, and 1-2 cups of pineapple juice. Some people like adding sprite or fizzy shit to their sangría but we don’t do that. For garnish, you can also add fruits like berries, orange slices and lime slices to your sangría. There’s nothing left for me to add here other than YOU’RE WELCOME. 

Nicole Pizarro

Nicole Pizarro


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