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13 Reasons Puerto Ricans Are Geniuses For Creating Coquito, The Liquid Gold Of Christmas Drinks

Borikén, or as it’s more commonly known, Puerto Rico has given Boricuas many things. El Coqui, Marc Anthony, salsa, bomba, beautiful beaches, arroz con salchicha and rum. But the most important and most delicious gift Puerto Rico has given us only comes around during the holiday season. That magical gift is the sweet coconutty drink, coquito! This drink is a staple for Ricans around the world and here’s why you need to have it during your holiday season!

1) Eggnog Is Overrated

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During the holidays, most people go on and on about eggnog as if Dios herself blessed it. But Puerto Ricans know the truth and Coquito reins supreme! Eggnog should step aside, no one wants to drink “sweet eggs” during the holidays, que gross. When instead they could be drinking the boozy, coconut cinnamon nectar of the heavens! Trust me, one sip of coquito and you’ll never go back to plain Jane eggnog.

2) You’ll Feel Like You’re On An Tropical Vacation With Every Sip

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Most of us wish we could escape the cold and spend the holiday in Puerto Rico on la playa. But plane tickets are expensive so turning up your heater is the best you can do. Luckily it’s not the only thing to warm your spirits. Because coquito is coconut based, you’ll still get that tropical island fantasy you’ve been craving with every sip. And it doesn’t hurt that the rum in the drink will keep you extra toasty. It may even help you forget the snow you might have to shovel the next morning!

3) CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!

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The holidays are an expensive time for everyone. You have to buy gifts for all your primos, make sure you spoil your mami because she deserves it, and if you have kids, get them the latest toys. After long shopping days the perfect way to relax and take the edge off is a perfect drink that won’t hurt your already damaged wallet. Coquito is THAT DRINK!! There’s only 9 ingredients and each ingredient is less than $10! Basically you can make a drink that’ll make enough for a week for a fraction of the price than drinking at a bar. Coquito is a holiday miracle!

4) It’s Easy To Make!

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I’ve gone on now about how delicious Coquito is and how cheap it is, but did you know that making it requires little to no effort? Many Puerto Ricans have different ways they make coquito, for example on the stove. But an easy way to make it requires just a blender! You just put all the measured out ingredients in a blender, hit the stir button until combined and then boom! Your sweet sweet creation is done and ready for you drink the night away with family! Perfecto!

5) You Will Get DRUNK!

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Holidays can be rough, especially when you’re around your chimosa Tias asking you “y el novio?”. And don’t get me started on being put in charge of your baby cousins while the “adults” eat and have fun. You’re going to need a little something-something to get through the night. Coquito is coconut based but it is a requirement that what you put alcohol in it, it has to be Puerto Rican rum (I prefer Bacardi). And we don’t just add a splash of rum, I’m taking the whole dang bottle! You will get drunk, you will feel good and you’ll be yelling “WEPA!” the entire night. But please mi gente, drink responsibly.

6) Don’t Drink Alcohol? No Problem!

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Coquito is known to be the boozy drink to get you through the holidays but if you can’t drink or choose not to, no worries! This drink is still for you! Coquito doesn’t need alcohol to be delicious, it holds its own. Just skip the rum step, and you’re good to go. The sweet coconut drink will still make you feel like you’re on an island getaway and satisfy any sweet tooth!

7) We All Have That One Tio Who Drinks A Little Too Much

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Coquito is that drink that if you’re not careful, you’ll get drunk fast off it. And at a family party we all have that Tio whos doing exactly that and becomes the life of the party! Your Tio and coquito mixed together means loud singing, obnoxious dancing and random “WEPAS” over everything. Coquito will make your family loosen up during stressful holiday seasons and bring joy to everyone! Also your Tio drunk off of coquito is free entertainment right?

8) You Can Store It In Anything…Seriously.

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Traditionally you’ll see coquito in long glass bottles that can be plain or beautifully decorated. But if you don’t have that, no problem! Coquito can be stored in LITERALLY EVERYTHING. Mason jars, Tupperware, water bottles, basically anything with a lid! As long as it can fit in the fridge to cool, you’re good.

9) Don’t Know What To Bring To Nochebuena? Bring Coquito!

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Whether you’re going home to family for Nochebuena or having a friends one, you may not know what to bring to the feast that’s simple and easy to carry. Coquito makes a perfect addition to your Nochebuena! As said before, it’s easy to make, easy to store, easy to transport and fun to share with everyone. You’ll be making Nochebuena better than ever!

10) Cinnamon And Coconut Are A Match Made In Heaven!

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Come on, cinnamon and coconut were made for each other! No other combination makes you feel as nice and cozy during the holidays than this. Coquito is the majority of these two flavors because all it takes are simple ingredients to make something absolutely delicious! Mira, so humble.

11) One Batch Of Coquito Can Last You The Entire Month Of December!

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When Puerto Ricans make coquito, we make huge batches that will last us the entire month. Either because family and friends will visit during the holiday at a moments notice, or we’re gift giving but honestly we make so much because of how delicious it is. We keep drinking it all ourselves! Making a huge batch that lasts is essential to surviving the holidays.

12) It Can Make Any Grinch’s Heart Grow 10x’s It Size With Its Goodness

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We all know a bah humbug during the holiday season. They show up at any holiday party and have to be a grinch about EVERYTHING. A way to combat them is to hand them a glass of coquito. Trust me, there isn’t a grinch alive who doesn’t have their spirits lifted and heart grow 10x’s it’s size after taking a sip of this wonderful drink. Save the grinches out there, make coquito.

13) Coquito Is The Only Way Puerto Ricans Know How To Celebrate The Holidays Right, And With This Drink, You Can Too!

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The holiday season is celebrated in many ways with different foods, traditions, songs and much more. But for Boricuas, we know the way to start off the holiday season is with coquito. So join us, make this wonderful drink and have fun. And don’t forget to yell “Wepa” after every sip!


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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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