Where to Buy Coquito in Miami 2020
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It’s the holiday season – and in Miami, that means partying with Coquito.
Those who try to describe the sweet and juicy drink to the uninitiated sometimes describe it as Puerto Rican eggnog.
The recipe varies from household to household, but is traditionally made with coconut cream, condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and a healthy dose of rum.
While no Puerto Rican holiday get-together is complete without a few bottles of the sweet drink, Miami has introduced Coquito as its own, with manufacturers adding flavors like guava, Nutella, and cinnamon to the mix. Others make vegan-friendly versions, while many keep it simple.
When ordering, keep in mind that many of the Miamians who make Coquito are small independent businesses. That means: plan in advance and order early.
Get a bag of coquito takeaway at this Wynwood pub that serves two for $ 14. 165 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-846-9120; butchershopbeergarden.com.
Cooks on the run
At Chefs on the Run, you’ll find a traditional coquito made with cinnamon, nutmeg, rum with clove spices, and a special liqueur ($ 20). Chefs also make peanut butter, cinnamon bun, and even butterbeer flavors ($ 25 each). Message @chefsontherun on Instagram to claim your bottle for restaurant pickup. Orders must be placed in advance. 10 E. Mowry Dr., Homestead; 305-245-0085; chefsontherunhomestead.com.
Coquito King 340
Coquito King makes 40 different Coquito flavors, including hot cinnamon, eggnog, pumpkin spice, gingersnap, red velvet, and cheesecake. Prices for the traditional flavor start at $ 20 for a pint and go up to $ 100 for a gallon jug. Special flavors cost a few dollars more. Call 340-643-3250 to place an order for delivery ($ 5 fee) in Miami-Dade and Broward.
Coquito miami 305
Jess Orta wants her coquito to be the “official” coquito of the 305, and to prove this, she offers her coquito in flavors such as pastelito de guayaba and cafecito. These and traditional flavors are $ 25 per bottle. Each flavor is available in a vegan version with coconut milk and almond milk ($ 35). Orta ships from Homestead to Fort Lauderdale for a fee of between $ 10 and $ 20. Order at coquitomiami305.com.
This creamy liqueur is made with annual Puerto Rican rum, sweetened condensed milk, coconut cream, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. It’s probably the most convenient way to get to Coquito, and at $ 22 a bottle, it’s a great gift. Available from Total Wine in Miami.
This phonetically spelled mark comes in a traditional version as well as fun flavors like Nutella and Pumpkin Spice. Koh-Kee-Toh also makes a vegan version. Bottles cost $ 25 for 700 milliliters and $ 15 for 350 milliliters. Order at kohkeetoh.com; The delivery time is 24 to 48 hours or collection in Coral Gable (delivery prices vary depending on the address).
Luz Neda makes a traditional coquito that is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. Each bottle is made to order and can be roadside pickup in South Miami (location will be announced after you place your order) or can be delivered anywhere in Miami-Dade for an additional $ 5. Order via Instagram @nedascoquito or at nedas_coquito.business.site.
Jorge Montes is selling Coquito with dark rum for $ 25 for a 750 milliliter bottle from Roho Kitchen in Davie. The chef also sells a cranberry limoncello for the same price. Coquito will be available until December 30th and will be kept in the refrigerator for about 30 days. Sign up for a cooking class in Roho or buy one to give away as a gift. 8338 W. State Rd. 84, Davie; 954-200-2895; rohokitchen.com.
The Coquito from this bakery in Little Havana mixes rum with vanilla pods from Madagascar, cinnamon, coconut milk and coconut cream for dairy-free, vegan enjoyment. Bottles cost $ 15 and can be picked up or delivered at T’antay. Order online or email [email protected] 1900 SW Eighth St., Miami; tantaymiami.com.
This locally made coquito is $ 25 for a 1 liter bottle, or you can try the Nutella variety for $ 30. Order via Instagram @titiscoquito or call 305-879-8138 for Miami-Dade delivery for a nominal fee.
Whisk gourmet food & catering
Whisk and Coconut Cartel Rum created a collaborative coquito. The Whisk Cartel Coquito, available at Whisk, is available for $ 20 in bottles to take away. 7382 SW 56th Ave., South Miami; 786-268-8350; whiskgourmet.com.
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Laine Doss is the food and liquor editor for the Miami New Times. It was featured on Eat Street by Cooking Channel and in the Great Food Truck Race by Food Network. She won an Alternative Weekly Award for her contribution on what it’s like to wait for tables.