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Can You Freeze Coquito?

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Coquito is a wonderfully rich and sweet cocktail that is the highlight of a lot of big nights. This means that you might be tempted to freeze a batch of two of this wonderful drink, allowing you to come back to it later, and dive on in.

Can You Freeze Coquito?

Yes, you can freeze coquito for up to 1 month. You just need to decant it into a rigid container with a tight-fitting lid before sealing it and popping it into the freezer.

Does Coquito Freeze Well? Sometimes

Can You Refreeze Coquito? Yes

How to Freeze Coquito

Although cocktails will never freeze that well, you can store coquito in the freezer if you take the right steps along the way:

  1. Find Suitable Containers: The first step to freezing coquito is to find a container that’s the ideal shape. Since coquito won’t freeze solid like a lot of other liquids might, you’ll need a rigid container with a pouring spout and a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Add Coquito to the Container: Once you’re sure that you’ve got the best container, add the coquito mixture to the container and, as always, ensuring that there’s an inch or so of headroom to prevent spillage.
  3. Seal: Seal the container entirely. If you’re unsure that the seal is airtight, you can wrap the container in a sheet of cling film. This will help to prevent leaks too!
  4. Freeze: Transfer the container to the freezer, where the cocktail will freeze, allowing you to keep it for a month or so, ready to drink.

3 Tips for Freezing Coquito

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing coquito to have the best results:

Serve Frozen
If you’ve frozen the coquito mixture in your freezer, then you’ll have a mostly frozen container filled with coquito. This is great, as it allows you to make a frozen version of this classic cocktail – like a Slurpee! Simply add the coquito mixture to a blender, and pulse until you achieve a slushy consistency. Decant into glasses, and serve.

Slushy Coquito

Don’t Expect it to Freeze Solid
This mixture won’t freeze solid. Because of the alcohol content, the freezing point of the liquid overall will be too high for it to freeze in the same way water does. Instead, it will likely freeze in a large central block, surrounded by liquid made up of coconut and rum.

Mix Thoroughly After Thawing
The different ingredients within the coquito you’ve made will likely separate as they freeze and may even separate a little more once they’re thawed. Therefore, we suggest tossing the liquid into a blender and mixing it for thirty seconds or so – this will combine everything for serving. 

How Long Can You Freeze Coquito?

You can keep coquito in your freezer for around a month before it might lose some of its natural texture.

It’s essentially a form of eggnog, which means that there is some level of egg and milk in the drink. This means that freezer burn will have a noticeable effect on the texture of the drink, making it thinner and less smooth.

How Long Does Coquito Last in the Fridge?

Homemade coquito will last for around 4 to 5 months in the fridge but only if it is stored without the coconut. This should be added just before serving otherwise the texture will change drastically.

How Do You Defrost Coquito?

You can defrost coquito overnight in your fridge. This will allow it to quickly reach a drinkable temperature without the milk or eggs becoming unsafe food.

Can You Refreeze Coquito?

Yes, you can refreeze coquito. The freezer conditions that damage coquito involves long-term storage, meaning repeated freezing isn’t a concern.

We wouldn’t recommend freezing coquito again after freezer burn – it will already be negatively impacted by that point.

Does Coquito Freeze Well?

Yes, coquito does freeze well to a certain extent.

You can expect some decrease in the freshness of the flavor, with the general taste of the drink feeling a little stale.

Apart from that, along as you drink the drink within the initial month-long window, you can be sure that it will freeze perfectly well.

If you’ve still got questions about freezing coquito or coquito in general, then these may help:

Why Is My Coquito Lumpy?

A coquito will become lumpy if the fat from the coconut begins to solidify. You can fix this by pouring it into a blender and giving it a few quick pulses.

Can You Freeze Coquito in Glass Jars?

We would avoid freezing liquids in glass jars because the liquid will expand as it freezes, leading to cracks in the glass. You don’t want coquito leaking all over your freezer!

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