Pina Colada

 

Pina colada recipe is a fruity frozen pineapple drink with layers of rich, creamy coconut and pineapple flavors that can be whipped up in no time.
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Table of Contents
  1. Pina Colada Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make Pina Colada
  4. How to Serve Pina Colada
  5. Storage
  6. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  7. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Pina colada is a classic fruity cocktail featuring layers of rich, creamy coconut and pineapple flavors. Refreshing and sweet, it’s no wonder this tropical drink is such a favorite.

If you love this boozy frozen drink then you’ll also want to make peach margaritas, boozy creamsicle floats, and White Claw slushies.

Pina Colada Ingredients

You will need:

  • 6 ounces cream of coconut
  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • 4 ounces Malibu rum, or coconut rum
  • 4 cups small ice cubes
  • Pineapple slices, maraschino cherries, and/or whipped cream for garnish (optional)

PRO TIP: Make sure you buy cream of coconut and not coconut milk. Cream of coconut is thicker and richer than coconut milk and is the sweetened version of coconut cream. You can usually find the cream of coconut in the alcohol aisle of most grocery stores near the margarita mixes.

Substitutions and Additions

RUM: We love using coconut rum, but you can substitute spiced rum instead for this simple recipe. Omit the rum for a virgin pina colada. 

PINEAPPLE JUICE: I like to get the little mini (6-ounce) cans of pineapple juice to keep on hand in my pantry. These are great for this recipe since 6 ounces is what you need, and they come in a 4 or 6-pack. This way, I do not need to open a large bottle of pineapple juice if I am only using it to make a couple of cocktails. 

COCONUT MILK: Using coconut milk in place of the cream of coconut will not work in this recipe. Coconut milk has a much thinner consistency. And don’t mix up the cream of coconut with coconut cream, which is the unsweetened version. You want cream of coconut for this recipe. 

How to Make Pina Colada

PRO TIP: You can add a splash of heavy cream to the mixture in the blender for an even creamier drink, but it is thick and creamy as is.

STEP ONE: Blend together the cream of coconut, pineapple juice, rum, and ice until smooth and thick.

STEP TWO: Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

STEP THREE: Top with whipped cream, if desired. Garnish glasses with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry.

PRO TIP: You can never go wrong with a paper umbrella in your drink to fancy it up.

How to Serve Pina Colada

Perfect for those hot summer days when you need something refreshing and delicious, nothing beats this frozen delight. When serving this classic drink, a hurricane glass is a popular choice but you can also use any other large glass that you have on hand. Plus, you can never go wrong with a paper umbrella in your drink to fancy it up. Keep in mind because it’s a frozen, slushy drink you will want to make the batch and serve it right away. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This drink is meant to be served immediately and won’t keep well in the fridge. 

IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing this drink. It is best made fresh.

This Pina colada recipe is a refreshing and sweet cocktail, with layers of rich, creamy coconut and pineapple flavors. This fruity frozen pineapple drink can be whipped up in no time. Take yourself to the tropics with this easy Pina colada recipe made with rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and ice.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the best glasses to use for a Pina colada? 

For this classic drink, a hurricane glass is a popular choice but you can also use any other large glass that you have on hand.

Can I use regular rum in this recipe? 

If you don’t have coconut rum on hand, you can easily use a white rum or spiced rum instead for this tasty drink.

Can I make these ahead of time? 

We would recommend making these drinks when you are ready to enjoy them as they will not maintain their consistency as the ice melts.

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Pina Colada

Pina colada recipe is a fruity frozen pineapple drink with layers of rich, creamy coconut and pineapple flavors that can be whipped up in no time.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces cream of coconut
  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • 4 ounces Malibu rum or coconut rum
  • 4 cups small ice cubes
  • Pineapple slices maraschino cherries, and/or whipped cream for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Blend together the cream of coconut, pineapple juice, rum, and ice until smooth and thick.
  • Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
  • Top with whipped cream, if desired. Garnish glasses with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry.

Notes

Make sure you buy cream of coconut and not coconut milk. Cream of coconut is thicker and richer than coconut milk and is the sweetened version of coconut cream. You can usually find the cream of coconut in the alcohol aisle of most grocery stores near the margarita mixes.
You can add a splash of heavy cream to the mixture in the blender for an even creamier drink, but it is thick and creamy as is.
You can never go wrong with a paper umbrella in your drink to fancy it up.

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