Cuban Crema de Vie Holiday Drink

With the Holiday Season upon us, it also means that holiday drinks are in full bloom. Most folks you know are probably picking up their Eggs Nogs at the local supermarket.

In South Florida, Coquito is a big thing. It’s the Puerto Rican version of Egg Nog, but it comes boozed up with rum.

My family is Cuban, so we drink Crema de Vie. It is also known as the Creme of Life and is Cuban Egg Nog with a lighter touch of rum. The Cuban version is creamier and not as heavy on the liquor.

As a matter of fact, Puerto Ricans and Cuban aren’t the only ones with their own version of Egg Nog.

Crema De Vie
Crema De Vie

Most Latin American countries have their variation of this drink:

Bolivia: Socumbe

Brazil: Gemada

Chile: Cola de mono or Colemono

Colombia: Sabajón

Dominican Republic: Ponche Crema

Ecuador: Rompope

El Salvador: Rompope

Guatemala: Rompope


Nicaragua: Rompope

Puerto Rico: Coquito

Venezuela: Ponche Crema

We (as in my family, not the entire Cuban community) get our Crema de Vie from Los Bobos in Doral, where a one-liter bottle of this Cuban Egg Nog will run you about $25.

Crema de Vie with Tony from Los Bobos
Your friendly neighborhood Tony Bobo with Creme de Vie

There’s also an excellent recipe for the Creme of Life on the My Big Fat Cuban Family blog

Make sure to enjoy it with your family & close friends during the holidays.

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