What is Rompope

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This holiday season, try rompope with your family and friends for a unique taste of Mexico!

What is Rompope?

Rompope is an alcoholic drink that is widely popular in Mexico and Central America. It is similar to eggnog, but its primary flavors are vanilla and citrus rind, typically either lemon or orange. It originated with nuns in Puebla, Mexico as a treat for honored guests, but has since become a holiday favorite across America.

All rompope contain eggs, milk, sugar, and rum. Homemade versions could omit the alcohol so that guests of all ages can enjoy it, but commercial brands do contain about 10% alcohol per serving.


How to Make Rompope?

The process to make rompope is rather simple, let’s take a detailed look at it below.

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    Creamy Rompope Recipe

    With a hint of orange, Rompope is one of the most delicious versions of eggnog. This drink can be enjoyed chilled or warmed.
    Cook Time40 mins
    Total Time40 mins
    Course: Alcoholic drink
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: Rompope
    Servings: 8 People
    Author: Paromita Datta


    • 8 cups milk
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 orange peel
    • 10 egg yolks
    • 1 cup condensed milk
    • 2 cups cream
    • 1-2 cups of rum or aguardiente


    • Bring the milk, sugar, vanilla, and one orange peel to a boil, then cook on low for about 30 minutes.
    • Blend the egg yolks with the condensed milk, then mix in the cream.
    • Ladle one cup of the heated milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture and stir it well, then slowly add the egg yolk mixture to the milk and stir thoroughly over low heat.
    • Let the mixture cool completely, then add 1-2 cups of rum or aguardiente, depending on how strong you want your drink to be!
    • Enjoy this drink chilled or serve it warm for extra creamy richness.
      Eggnog beverage in a glass served with cinnamon stick


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    John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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