from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A feather-leaved palm (Jubaea chilensis) native to Chile, having a thick trunk from which is obtained a sugary sap used for making wine and a kind of honey, and widely cultivated as an ornamental in warm dry regions.
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- n. A traditional Puerto Rican eggnog made with coconut.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Jubæa spectabilis, a very beautiful palm of Chili, allied to the cocoanut, and growing to a height of 40 or 50 feet.
Eggnog goes by the name coquito in Puerto Rico, where, not surprisingly, rum is the liquor of choice as it is these days for many eggnog lovers in the U.S.
Serve in little coffee or tea cups and sprinkle a little cinnamon over the coquito before serving.
A little light went off in my head and now coquito pancakes are a mandatory staple on my Christmas morning table as well.
If you find yourself in the same boat, or want to whip up a really fantastic batch of pancakes, just start by measuring equal amounts of unspiked coquito and pancake mix into a bowl.
This happy accident came about when I found some virgin coquito page 151 while rummaging around in the fridge to find some eggs and milk to add to the pancake mix.
I always keep some virgin coquito on hand; in the event some of the kiddies want a sip, I can happily oblige.
Whisk about 2 cups of the coquito into the chocolate cream, then whisk that mix into the coquito.
This past year, however, while I was looking through the refrigerator for milk and eggs to stir into some packaged pancake mix, I happened on a batch of virgin coquito left over from the night before.
One year, at my Christmas tree–trimming party, I gave each of my guests an ornament for his or her own Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush; another year, I made coquito page 151 and gave everyone a pretty corked bottle to take home.
Oh well, hopefully we'd all drink so much coquito that we don't know what it is we're playing anymore.
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