During the holiday season everyone turns to the comforting, nurturing foods and beverage they know best and remember from their country, home, and childhood. Regardless of what holiday you celebrate, do you have a favorite drink that you shared with family and visitors or just sat and sipped on during those days? I do. My favorite holiday drink, traditional during Christmas, New Year and the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) celebrations, is Coquito.
The name is a diminutive for the word coco, or coconut. Although the drink is usually made with white rum, it is just as good made without any alcohol. It was usual to have both versions so children could enjoy it too. This is why I remember drinking it since I was a very small child. To me there is no Christmas without Coquito and I start making batches right after Thanksgiving. It goes as fast as I make it, and all my friends expect their own bottle as a holiday gift.
If you’ve never tried this delicious drink you can find Tropical CocoNog - our non-alcoholic version of my family's original recipe - in Flavorful Fortified Food – Recipes to Enrich Life along with other nurturing and delicious recipes that are easy to make.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The best and most rewarding part of making this delicious drink is that I know the many nutritional benefits of coconut products. Coconut milk in particular is believed to calm nerve cells, strengthen bones, fight virus & infection, lower cholesterol & relieve arthritis. Coconut oil has been recently linked to improvements in mental acuity in early stages of Alzheimer’s.
Digna and Linda have years of experience working with individuals needing assistance to eat sufficient calories and protein in multiple settings. Flavorful Fortified Food - Recipes to Enrich Life is our way to share this knowledge with clients, patients, athletes, caregivers, and professionals.