One day, when I have unlimited funds (and unlimited holiday time), I'll hop on a plane to Brrrraaaaaaazil. I'll spend the first few days in Sao Paulo, exploring Liberdade (or "Japantown", their version of Chinatown), digging into the popular mortadela sandwiches in the Mercado Municipal and catching one of the free Sunday concerts at Ibirapuera. I might also be tempted to shrink myself down to kid proportions so I can join in the fun at Parque da Monica.
After that I'll head on over to Argentina where I'll most certainly be doing a tango in the streets of Buenos Aires. Yes sir, I can boogie and all that. The Recoleta cemetery is next on my to-do list featuring, amongst other famous personalities, Evita's grave. Can you say star-struck? And of course no visit to Argentina would be complete without doing the full-blown carnivore thing and sinking my teeth into a big juicy piece of
From there I'll head to the majestic Incan ruins in Macchu Picchu, Peru, before travelling north to the bohemian district of Miraflores in Lima. Of course I'll pay a visit to And, seeing as the Peruvians claim to be the creators of this delicacy, I wouldn't dream of leaving Peru before indulging in some freshly made ceviche.
But I will save the best for last. Puerto Rico. And what will I find in Puerto Rico? And, while I'm sure there are awesome must-see attractions, stunning sights and vibrant culture, None of those will be the real reason for my visit.
That honour belongs to coquito. And it is The-Best-Damn-Thing-I've-Ever-Tasted. I'm not kidding. I pretty much polished (almost) the entire batch of this over the weekend. By myself. TheHusband proclaimed it "too coconut-y". Pffft. And that's a bad thing, how? Because lemme tell you, I had to stop myself from literally glugging this creamy drink straight from the bottle. Yeah, it got pretty barbaric around Casa del Pot this weekend. Barbaric is good, right?
PS: If you feel the need to whip up multiple batches of coquito and send me
PPS: Oh! I'm submitting this to Regional Recipes, where our destination for August is Puerto Rico. If you'd like to submit something to our lovely host Joanne, you can still do so in the next 24 hours as the deadline is the 31st of August.
Adapted from Whats 4 Eats
Makes about 1.6 - 1.8l
1 tin (385g) sweetened condensed milk
1 tin (380g) evaporated milk
1 tin (400ml) coconut milk
1 - 1 1/2 cup (250ml) white rum
1 cup (250ml) water
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1. In a large bowl, whisk condensed milk, evaporated milk, coconut milk, a cup of rum, water, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Taste, adding more rum if you wish.2. Decant into a pretty bottle and serve chilled, over ice with perhaps some more cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled over.
Coquito is a popular Christmas drink in Puerto Rico and has a subtly spicy, creamy flavour reminiscent of eggnog, however traditional Coquito is egg-free. A Venezuelan version of this drink adds egg yolks for a richer drink which is referred to as ponche crema.