Costa Rican Egg Nog – Rompope

Egg nog seems to be a universally loved drink at Christmas time, and the Costa Rican version is as delicious as any other.

Egg nog, known in Spanish as rompope, is a diary-based drink comprised of liquid or powdered milk, egg whites or yolks, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Its origins are widely debated with everywhere from Europe to the Americas claiming to be the owner of the original recipe. What we do know is that rompope dates back to the 17th century and that it’s delicious.

Even my parents- who are from Nebraska- have a version of egg nog that they call Tom and Jerry’s. We made them with powdered sugar, egg whites, hot water and brandy. It’s one of my favorite Christmas memories from growing up.

You can find rompope in all of Mexico and Central America. In Venezuela this drink is called Ponche Crema. Each variation is slightly different, but of course I am biased that the Costa Rican rompope is the absolute best.

Costa Rican rompope is a gorgeous yellow color due to the fact that we use only egg yolks and not egg whites. We blend it to death in the blender, making it a bit frothy. We don’t serve it frothy, however, and we drink it cold.

This is a delicious rompope recipe given to me by a dear friend who has never shared it until now. And let me tell you- it’s divine!

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Costa Rican Rompope Recipe

Note- these are the ingredients and instructions for the rompope exactly as made in Costa Rica. Since we can’t get the Romporika in the United States, I have included the variations and substitutions for making this in the US with the ingredients available.

Ingredients

Instructions

Place 1/2 quart milk, sugar nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks into a saucepan and bring almost to a boil on medium-high heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

In a blender, take the other half of the milk, the three egg yolks and the packet of Romporika and blend until foamy.

Combine the egg yolk mix from the blender mixture with the warm milk mixture. Leave this overnight in the refrigerator to cool.

Just before serving, remove the cinnamon sticks and blend again in the blender. Add milk if the mixture is too thick, add cornstarch if the mixture is too thin.

At this point you can add the rum and blend it right in, or you can do is separately (see serving suggestions).

Note: If you are making this with the liquid egg nog you will follow the same instructions EXCEPT you will not add milk to the blender mixture- you will simply pour the egg nog mix into the blender with the other ingredients.

You can double or triple this recipe with no problem- you don’t need to make any adjustments to the ingredients.

Another fun Costa Rica milk-based drink is here: Costa Rican Copos Recipe

Serving Suggestions

Serve chilled. Some people sprinkle a bit of extra nutmeg on top. You can also make this without the rum in it and add the rum just before serving. A lot of people do that so the kids can have some too.

This is a great drink to serve with other Costa Rican Christmas recipes such as:

  • Filled pork tenderlion (lomo relleno)
  • Queque Navideno (Christmas cake)
  • Empanadas

Variations

This rompope has often been made with Cacique guaro- the local Costa Rican firewater. It’s clear, inexpensive, and a national product. I think the rompope lends itself more to a dark liquor like the Ron Centenario- the national rum of Costa Rica.

Many people add a tablespoon of vanilla to this recipe. Others omit the sugar and use sweetened condensed milk. Others used evaporated milk in place of whole milk to cut down on calories.

Substitutions

Rompope is made in the United States with Flor de Cana rum, or any dark rum (such as Meyer’s Dark Rum or Bacardi dark rum)or can be made with whiskey or brandy.

In the US, it’s traditional to use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar. You can use whatever you have on hand- even caster sugar or turbinado sugar.

If you are interested in more popular Costa Rican recipes, check out these:

Or just see the whole list here: Costa Rican Recipes

Printable Recipe – Rompope Costa Rica

Yield: 2 quarts

Costa Rican Rompope Recipe

Costa Rican Rompope Recipe

Costa Rican rompope is a creamy rum drink most often served at Christmas time but delicious any time of the year.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 package Romporika powdered egg nog mix OR 1 quart liquid egg nog mix
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4-5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups dark rum (such as Ron Centenario)

Instructions

  1. Place 1/2 quart milk, sugar nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks into a saucepan and bring almost to a boil on medium-high heat.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  3. In a blender, take the other half of the milk, the three egg yolks, and the packet of Romporika and blend until foamy.
  4. Combine the egg yolk mixture from the blender mixture with the warm milk mixture. Leave this overnight in the refrigerator to cool.
  5. Just before serving, remove the cinnamon sticks and blend again in the blender.
  6. Add milk if the mixture is too thick, add cornstarch if the mixture is too thin.
  7. At this point, you can add the rum and blend it right in, or you can do it separately (see serving suggestions).

Notes

Note: If you are making this with the liquid egg nog you will follow the same instructions EXCEPT you will not add milk to the blender mixture- you will simply pour the egg nog mix into the blender with the other ingredients.

You can double or triple this recipe with no problem- you don't need to make any adjustments to the ingredients.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 368mgSodium: 164mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 14g

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