This creamy eggless custard is easy to make and elegant with a quick red wine and berry reduction. Each component can be made 2 days in advance. Pour the reduction over the panna cotta just before serving.
Place 1/4 cup of heavy cream in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over cream and let set for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, whisk gently. Mixture will be VERY LUMPY. Set aside.
In a saucepan, combine the remaining heavy cream, sugar, and the salt in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in vanilla extract (and coconut extract if using). Remove the pan from the heat. Whisk in the 1/4 cup cream and gelatin mixture, then the coconut milk. Strain the panna cotta mixture through a fine sieve then pour it into eight 4-ounce ramekins or fancy glasses and chill 2 hours or overnight.
Berry/Red Wine Reduction:
Bring 2/3 cup wine and 6 tbsp. sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Cook until reduced by half. Add black raspberry jelly and stir until melted and incorporated. Add blueberries and cook until fruit is soft but still holds shape. Use as garnish on finished panna cotta custards.
The coconut flavor is very slight without the coconut extract.