PUERTO RICAN COQUITO:
2 cans (12 oz. each) Evaporated, plus 1 can (15 oz.) Cream of Coconut
½c. Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½tsp. ground cinnamon, more for garnish, if desired
Cinnamon sticks (optional)
½c. white rum (optional)
In a blender, add evaporated milk, cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, rum (if using),vanilla extract and ground cinnamon.
Blend on high until mixture is well combined for 1-2 minutes. Pour coconut mixture into glass bottles and cover. Transfer to refrigerator, and chill until cold. To serve, stir or shake the bottles well to combine all the ingredients from the bottom. Pour Coquito into small serving glasses and garnish with ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks, if desired.
Note: Toast to the New Year with some Coquito.
½of a large avocado
1 ½c. Unsweetened almond milk
tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 ice cubes,( optional)
T. honey Dashes of nutmeg (for garnish)
Combine all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth,
and then serve. Makes about 2 cups (1- 2 servings).
Note: Enjoy a healthy refreshing drink.
1⁄3c. 2% milk
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger brewed or espresso
2⁄3c. Eggnog (soy milk, almond or any non-dairy eggnog of your choosing)
1 pinch of ground nutmeg
Pour milk and eggnog into a steaming pitcher and heat to between 145 degrees F to 165 degrees F (65 to 70 degrees C) using the steaming wand. Brew the shot of espresso, and then add to mug. Pour the steamed milk and eggnog into the mug, using a spoon to hold back the foam. Spoon foam over the top. Sprinkle nutmeg on top of the foam.
Note: The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without some good old Eggnog to keep us company.
INDIAN CHAI HOT CHOCOLATE:
1 chai tea bag
½c. unsweetened almond milk
Organic rolled cocoa mix (optional)
Stir the water and almond milk, in a microwave-safe mug. Cook on high in the microwave for 1 ½minutes (use on stovetop if preferred for 5 min). Remove, and add the chai teabag. Allow tea to steep about 3 minutes. Remove the tea bag, and stir in the cocoa mix.
Note: Usher in the winter with some natural hot cocoa.
Christmas is approaching! So don’t wait too late to enjoy warm and toasty drinks.
For more delicious holiday recipes, click on cookbooks and on the Cookie Dees Kitchen recipes book!