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How Long Does Coquito Last? All You Need To Know (2022)

Last Updated on November 14, 2022 by Lydia Martin

Whether it’s for the upcoming holiday season or just an ordinary day, you won’t go wrong serving Coquito. 

While thinking of making a batch of Coquito to be served for later is fine, you can’t help but wonder – how long does Coquito last?

If you’re new to this drink, you’re at the right place.

Let us know more about this tasty drink– how long you can store it, the factors affecting its lifespan, and signs that it has gone bad. Keep reading. 

How Long Will Homemade Coquito Last?

2 glasses of coquito

According to the USDA, Coquito can last up to four days after it has been made. However, its shelf life may be shorter if it contains eggs and is non-alcoholic.

Due to its ingredients, homemade Coquito may not last as long as other alcoholic beverages. 

For Coquitos that don’t contain egg yolks, their shelf life can extend up to two to six months. 

But, make sure to keep them in an airtight container to achieve this shelf life, and keep them refrigerated. 

How Long Will Coquito Last In The Fridge?

With Eggs

A refrigerated Coquito with eggs can last for about 3 to 4 days. But if you want to extend its shelf life, we recommend using pasteurized eggs (slightly heated within their shells). 

Coquitos with pasteurized eggs can last for up to weeks. 

Without Eggs

egg yolk on a glass bowl

Without eggs, Coquito can last for about four to six months in the fridge. Also, you can maximize its shelf life when you mix rum in it. 

Don’t forget to store it properly using a sealed container for better storage.

With Alcohol

An alcoholic Coquito can last for about two months in the fridge. But the good news is – you can extend it more if you don’t mix eggs in it, making it last for up to 6 months. 

If you really want eggs in it, use pasteurized eggs instead of raw eggs to achieve maximum shelf life.  

Without Alcohol

Coquito without alcohol will not last long as with alcohol. Without alcohol, you can only store it in the fridge for four days (which you can safely consume).

This is true, especially if it contains eggs. But without eggs, you can store them for up to 6 days maximum to be safe for drinking. 

Tip: Coquito is best mixed with Don Q, but you can use any white rum you like. Then, store it in a properly sealed container for the best storage.

“No amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well made cocktail.”

— David Sedaris, Author/American Humorist

Factors That Affect Coquito’s Life Span 

Ingredients

coquito puerto rican eggnog ingredients

Coquitos are made using white rum, some spices, and milk (and, for some, eggs). And given that there is milk on its ingredient, it may not last long as you’d expect it to. 

Milk is a dairy product prone to bacterial growth, causing it to spoil quickly.

Since Coquito has milk, this ingredient will contribute greatly to the life span of the drink.

Also, Coquito usually contains cream of coconut, which has a short life span as well.

Once it goes bad, it will affect the whole drink mixture– triggering spoilage.  

How It’s Stored

How you store Coquito–whether homemade or store-bought– can significantly impact its life span. 

As we’ve mentioned earlier, you must store it in an airtight, sealed container to prevent unwanted moisture, which causes mold growth. 

Most importantly, keep it refrigerated at all times. Aside from considering its shelf life, Coquitos are best served chilled. 

If you unintentionally leave your Coquito off the fridge overnight, it will likely spoil due to the dairy ingredients.  

How To Know It Has Gone Bad 

pouring coquito on a glass

The best way to determine if your homemade Coquito has gone bad is to taste and smell test it.

If it smells like sour milk, that’s a clear sign that it has gone bad, and you shouldn’t consume it.

Also, you can taste it (to fully convince yourself) to know it is already spoiled.

If you get a sour or any off taste, you should discard it right away. It’s no longer safe to consume. 

FAQs

Is Coquito supposed to be refrigerated?

Yes. Coquito should be refrigerated, whether homemade or you bought them in-store. Refrigeration helps extend its shelf life. Also, it is best served chilled. 

Is Coquito good after a week?

Not really. If Coquito has eggs in it and is non-alcoholic [1], it might not be good after a week.

But without eggs but with alcohol, it can likely be good for weeks and even months.  

How long does the leftover coquito last?

Leftover Coquitos can last only a few days, about 2 to 3 days. Since it’s already exposed off the fridge, microbes are likely formed there. 

Even if you refrigerate it afterward, it will not last as long as freshly made Coquitos.  

Key Takeaways 

If you’re craving a festive drink filled with rum and creamy ingredients, you’ll want to try Coquito.

Regardless of the season, it’s a great drink to serve to your guests or just for your time alone. 

If you want to prepare them in advance, consider how long you can store them and be aware of the ingredients you’ll mix in. 

With the right ingredients and proper storage, you can keep them for months— refrigerated. Enjoy!

Reference:

  1. https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/facts/alcoholic-drinks-and-units/difference-between-alcoholic-and-non-alcoholic-beers 

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