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17 Best Puerto Rican Drinks To Make at Home

From creamy to zesty, these Puerto Rican drinks are beyond divine.

No matter what you’re looking for – tropical and boozy or nutty and creamy – these drink recipes are sure to hit the spot.

Homemade Puerto Rican Coquito Eggnog with Cinnamon
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If you’re unsure where to start, try the dreamy coquito this holiday season. I promise you’ll never go back to pre-made eggnog!

That said, you really can’t go wrong with any of these sensational Puerto Rican drinks.

They have lovely, unique flavors and are so easy to recreate at home.


Easy Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog) and More!

1. Coquito

Coquito is Puerto Rico’s answer to eggnog. And if you’re a coconut lover, you’ll prefer it to the original recipe.

It’s thick, rich, and creamy, just like eggnog. However, you’ll use lots of coconut instead of eggs or nog.

Cream of coconut. Coconut milk. Shredded coconut. 

It’s very coconutty and oh-so-good. The nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla will definitely give you the holiday vibe, though.

2. Piña Colada

This cold, refreshing piña colada uses just four ingredients and takes a mere five minutes to make.

It has a delicious tropical flavor that’s heavy on the coconut and pineapples.

You’ll barely even taste the rum in this super sweet drink. It’s there, though, so make sure you don’t serve this one to the kiddos.

3. Bili

If the first two recipes didn’t clue you in, Puerto Ricans love rum. (Then again, don’t we all?!)

Bili is one of the more famous rum-based Puerto Rican drinks. It’s a sweet, slightly citrusy cocktail overloaded with cherry yumminess.

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If you like cherries (or, more importantly, cherry-flavored drinks), you’ll love this one.

It’s bright and invigorating and tastes a bit like a sweet sangria. Yum!

4. Chi Chi

Do you prefer vodka to rum? If so, give the Chi Chi a try. It’s like a piña colada; only you’ll use vodka for the liquor in this one.

Don’t worry; it still has plenty of yummy pineapple and coconut flavors. However, this one is slightly heavier on the pineapples than the coconut.

Still, if you want something sweet, tropical, and boozy, this drink is the one for you.

5. Mojitos: Puerto Rican Style

This minty, zesty cocktail is one of my favorite Mojito recipes. It’s quick, easy, and delightfully crisp and biting (in a good way).

The only change I make is substituting seltzer water for lemon-lime soda. It makes it just as bubbly but doesn’t have the artificial Sprite-like taste.

6. Virgin Strawberry Pina Colada 

Want a fun, fruity drink the whole family can enjoy? Try this virgin strawberry piña colada.

Honestly, it’s more of a smoothie than a mocktail. But no matter what you call it, it’s thick, creamy, and full of strawberry goodness.

So, where does the ‘piña colada’ come in? Well, you’ll add coconut milk and frozen pineapple to make it extra delish.

Rich, tropical, and full of sweet fruity goodness, this is ideal for the kids.

7. Sesame Seed Milk (Horchata de Ajonjolí)

Horchata is a reasonably well-known drink made in a variety of ways.

I’ve seen it with tiger nuts, rice, jicaro, and melon, but the Puerto Rican version uses hulled sesame seeds.

It’s a delightfully spiced, gently sweetened drink. Plus, it’s family-friendly – always a plus at large gatherings and family events.

8. Puerto Rican Sangria

Puerto Rican sangria is light, fruity, and refreshing – like sangria anywhere, really.

However, this one is more citrusy than the usual bright berry base.

You’ll combine orange juice, lemon juice, limes, and other fun, zingy fruits. Luckily, it’s not too sour, thanks to the pineapple juice in the mix.

Sugar and mint leaves round out the flavor, so it’s crisp and delightful. It’s also pretty strong, so take it easy with this one.

9. Pistachio Coquito

Here’s another delectable coquito recipe; only this one features dreamy pistachio ice cream!

It’s still wonderfully warm and loaded with typical Christmas spices. But the pistachios and pistachio ice cream give it a very distinct flavor.

It’s bright, sweet, thick, and creamy. If you like pistachios, you’ll love it.

10. Guarapo: Sugarcane Refresher with Lime

Need a midday pick-me-up? Guarapo is just the thing.

It doesn’t have caffeine, but it does have a big blast of sugar with plenty of lime flavor.

But really, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever tried. Cold and refreshing, it’s the ideal drink for summer.

11. Chocolate Coquito

Chocolate coquito is so thick and rich that it’s almost like a milkshake. The only real difference (besides a generous dollop of rum) are the spices. 

Think of it as a boozy chocolate milkshake with some holiday flair. Oh, and a little more tropical, thanks to the coconut. 

The kids will adore this one, too. So be sure you make a few without the rum.

12. Wholesome Banana Almond Milk Smoothie

Let’s switch gears and look at something a bit healthier, shall we?

This banana and almond milk smoothie is an all-natural, nutritious beverage option for breakfast.

It uses just five ingredients and has a light, naturally sweetened taste. I don’t always add cinnamon to mine – it depends on my mood. 

If I fix it for breakfast, I typically leave the cinnamon out. If I have it for lunch or dinner, I add it.

It’s up to you whether you want those warm, spiced notes or not. It’s delish either way!

13. Pumpkin Coquito

I know there are several coquito recipes on this list. But they’re just too good to pass up.

And the best thing about this dreamy Puerto Rican drink is that there’s one for every season. 

Of course, this one’s ideal for fall. It has the same spices as always, but there’s also lots of pumpkin.

The addition of cloves gives it a more aromatic touch, as well. Try it once, and you’ll be hooked.

14. Coffee Coquito

Coquito with caffeine? What could be better?

This thick, creamy cocktail is a spiced, boozy, caffeinated kick in the pants. No matter what you’re doing, this drink will give you a jumpstart.

It tastes fantastic and will leave you feeling like a million bucks. 

And trust me, the combination of coffee and coconut is unbeatable. It may seem a little strange, but the two go together flawlessly. 

You may even want to start adding coconut milk to all your coffee drinks after trying one of these.

15. Coquito De Fresa

Coquito de fresa is a spiced and delightfully tropical strawberry treat. It has tons of flavor, is thick and creamy, and is incredibly simple to make.

If you want, you can add food coloring to make it a pretty pink drink. Luckily, it’s so sweet, fruity, and boozy you don’t have to.

Pink or not, everyone will adore it. 

16. Nutella Coquito

In the mood for something extra decadent and nutty? Check out this recipe for Nutella coquito

Like all coquito recipes, it’s boozy, spiced, and creamy. However, Nutella makes this one richer, sweeter, and more comforting. 

If you want a seriously indulgent drink, drizzle some chocolate syrup into it, too.

17. Cranberry Orange Rum Spritzer

Citrusy, tart, and just a teensy bit bitter, this wonderfully zingy cocktail that just two minutes and four ingredients to make. 

The rum will warm your belly, while the bittersweet cranberry juice will tickle your tongue. 

It’s a fun, colorful drink that’s downright refreshing, especially in the summer. It’s also a great palate cleanser between meals.

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From creamy to zesty, these Puerto Rican drinks are beyond divine. Try the dreamy coquito this holiday season, and you’ll never go back to pre-made eggnog.


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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