Vegan Coquito

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Coquito is a delicious Puerto Rican coconut drink served around Christmas and New Year’s Day.  The creamy, velvety beverage can be enjoyed either with the addition of rum or its own for those who want a non-alcoholic drink.

It is a great “something different” to drink during the holiday season when most festive drinks overdose on pumpkin or peppermint.  It is so easy to make and is just about as error-proof as it gets.  Sweet, creamy, coconutty, cinnamonny goodness.

So traditional coquito is absolutely not vegan as it usually involves condensed milk and eggs but all it takes is a couple of tweaks to make it a treat almost everyone can enjoy.  I used light coconut milk for this but if you long for a richer mouth feel feel free to use regular coconut milk (you want to use the one in the can not the coconut milk used as a milk substitute). Personally, I feel the rum is totally optional but if you feel it is a need I say bring it.  The rum could also be set to the side and mixed into each individual glass, as needed. Continue reading

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Spinach, Pineapple and Lemon Agua Fresca

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There are all kinds of agua fresca throughout Latin America.  It is simply just water, fruit and sugar blended up and as the name states: it is very refreshing (agua fresca=fresh water) and very delicious if I may say.  Standard flavors for agua fresca include strawberry, cantaloupe, mango and watermelon. Continue reading

Breakfast in a Glass: Strawberry & Oats Liquado

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Waaaaay before the whole smoothie thing even began Latin America was gulping down blended milky, fruity, frothy drinks for breakfast (and as a middle-of-the-day-I-need-something-sweet-to-help-me-savor-the-day kind of drink).  Anyone and everyone used to whip up milk, sugar, oats and any fruit you can get your hands on (strawberries, mango, papaya, banana, pineapple.  If it could fit in a blender it belonged in a liquado). Continue reading