best pina coloda recipe

by Maya Kiehn Published 1 year ago Updated 7 months ago

How do you make a good pina colada?

  • For a slightly stronger flavor, use a mix of white and dark rum.
  • For a thicker, pulpier beverage, substitute 2 oz. (60 g) of crushed pineapple for 2 oz. (60 ml) of pineapple juice.
  • Omit the rum if you want to make virgin coladas.

How to make the perfect pina colada?


  1. Place the pineapple chunks (reserving one for a garnish) into a blender and add the caster sugar and the coconut cream
  2. Add the Bacardi Superior rum
  3. Add the pineapple juice
  4. Add some cubed ice
  5. Blend all the ingredients together until you have a smooth consistency
  6. Pour into a long glass

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How to make a virgin pina colada?

  • Rum is a delicious and versatile spirit distilled from sugar — most commonly molasses.
  • Rum has its origins in the Caribbean and is often mixed with citrus juice in tropical cocktails.
  • The simplest rum cocktail, the classic daiquiri, calls for just rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.

What do Pina Coladas taste like?

What does a piña colada taste like? Piña coladas taste like a frozen coconut and pineapple smoothie with a dash of rum. They are so refreshing to drink on a hot day.


How do you make the best piña colada?

The Best Pina Colada Mix Recipe½ cup cream of coconut (Coco Lopez)3 ounces pineapple juice.2 ounces white rum.2 ounces dark rum.2/3 ounce lime juice.5-6 frozen pineapple chunks.1 ½ cups ice.

Is coconut cream or milk better for piña colada?

Technically, yes. However, I've found that cream of coconut makes for the best piña coladas. What is this? The cream of coconut makes the drink super rich and creamy, whereas coconut milk is much less sweet and not as intense in flavor.

What kind of rum is best for piña colada?

The 7 Best Rums for a Piña ColadaBACARDÍ Gold ($12) BACARDÍ Gold is our go-to when making party-ready rum punches, and it also mixes an excellent Piña Colada. ... Ron Barceló Gran Platinum ($19) ... Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum ($19) ... Mount Gay Eclipse ($18) ... Malibu ($15) ... STROH 160 ($33)

Is white or dark rum better for piña colada?

Use Dark Rum, Not White While the original Piña Colada recipe from the Caribe Hilton calls for either a Puerto Rican white rum or a gold rum at the base, using a dark rum gives the drink more depth and character.

Why is my pina colada watery?

Don't blend for too long. Leave the blender running for too long and you risk ending up with a drink that is too thin and runny. Of course, if you don't blend the drink for long enough, you're left with an equally undesirable situation where chunks of ice still remain.

Do you use coconut cream or cream of coconut for pina colada?

Coconut cream is unsweetened and very thick; cream of coconut is very sweet with a syrupier texture. This means that recipes that call for each are optimized for sugar content. The original piña colada recipe calls for cream of coconut, but some pina colada recipes may call for coconut cream and simple syrup.

Can you use any rum for Piña Colada?

The Superior Silver and Gold rums from Barcardi are ideal for the pina colada recipe, and you can experiment with it if you want to. To enhance the pineapple flavor, use rum that has been flavored with pineapple. To amp up the coconut flavor, try a rum that has been flavored with coconut.

Is Captain Morgan good for Piña Colada?

If you're wondering how to make a Piña Colada, then of course the Captain has you covered. Our version features Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold to add delicious spice. Mini umbrellas optional. For an even creamier Piña Colada cocktail, add in a dollop of double cream.

What alcohol goes in Piña Colada?

Light rumPiña colada / Main alcohol

Do you have to use white rum for Piña Colada?

Traditionally, the Piña Colada is made with white rum, but a dark rum, like an aged Spanish rum, also works wonderfully in Piña Coladas. Aged Spanish rums reflect the effects of time spent in the barrel, which are usually former charred bourbon barrels.

Is Malibu a rum?

Malibu Original – One of the world's leading flavoured spirits with the refreshing taste of summer. Blending Caribbean rum with sweet and smooth coconut flavour, Malibu is sunshine in a bottle....Alcohol:21% vol.Ingredients:Caribbean rum (molasses/sugarcane distillate), water, sugar, flavouring (with coconut extract)

Which rum is best with Coke?

5 Best Rums For A Rum And CokeBacardi Superior ($15) This is the classic iteration of this two ingredient cocktail. ... Captain Morgan Caribbean White Rum ($15) Distilled on St. ... Bacardi Gran Reserva 10 Year Rum ($48) ... Flor de Caña 4 Year Extra Seco ($19) ... Brugal Añejo Rum ($20) ... Gosling's Gold Seal Rum ($20)

Step 1

Place pineapple pieces in a resealable plastic bag, laying them flat. Freeze until solid, at least 3 hours.

Step 2

Shake cream of coconut and coconut milk in their cans before measuring. Purée pineapple, cream of coconut, coconut milk, white rum, lime juice, and 3 cups ice (about 15 oz.) in a blender until smooth. Transfer blender cup to freezer and freeze until mixture is thickened (it should be the consistency of a milkshake), 25–35 minutes.

Step 3

Blend again until mixture is the perfect slushy frozen drink consistency. Divide among glasses. Top off each with ½ oz. dark rum, if using, and garnish each with a cherry and lime wedge.

Origin of the drink

Piña Colada is a Puerto Rican pineapple coconut drink – in 1978 it was named Puerto Rico’s national drink. Its name means “strained pineapple” in Spanish, referring to the freshly pressed and strained pineapple used in the drink’s preparation.

Pina Colada Ingredients

Now I will talk a little bit about the ingredients. Original Piña Colada recipe consists of only 4 ingredients: pineapple juice, white rum, cream of coconut, and ice.

Proportions of the ingredients

The IBA (International Bartenders Association) calls for 5 parts white rum, 3 parts coconut cream, and 5 parts pineapple juice. This was my base recipe, with which I started my recipe tasting.

Preparation methods

SHAKEN Pina Colada – shaken with ice in a shaker (or really just in a jar if you don’t have a shaker). The drink can be also simply poured over ice. You need to shake the drink thoroughly, for a minimum of 30 seconds. Note that this version of the drink will be rather thin!

Pina Colada variations

Virgin Piña Colada – you can omit the rum completely and add more coconut milk and pineapple juice, or check out my pina colada lassi recipe!

How to serve this drink

Piña Colada is traditionally served in a tulip/Hurricane/highball glass. You can serve it with pineapple wedges and a maraschino cherry. You could also decorate the glass rim with shredded coconut (like you would do with a margarita).

What to eat with Pina Colada

Try pairing this delicious drink with tropical-flavored fish or seafood. I would especially recommend my fish tacos with mango salsa or maple orange salmon.

Sip the summer away with a frozen cocktail that makes time stand still

What better way to beat the heat than sipping on a fresh tropical drink? Only four ingredients (ice doesn’t count, lol!) stand between you and pure relaxation while enjoying a fresh, not-from-a-premade-mixer piña colada.

Tips for making the best piña colada recipe

Fresh pineapple definitely enhances the flavor of the piña colada. If fresh pineapple isn’t available, you could use frozen instead. A 16 oz. bag of frozen pineapple is the perfect amount for this recipe! Note you’ll need to freeze fresh pineapple for at least 3 hours before blending up your cocktails, so plan ahead if you get this route.

Best Piña Colada Recipe

A delicious blend of frozen pineapple, coconut, and rum for the perfect tropical drink.

Easy Piña Colada! A summer staple, learn how to make piña coladas with traditional piña colada ingredients of rum, coconut, and pineapple. Grab your favorite tiki glass for this delicious blender drink!

Garrett has been writing about food and sharing recipes for 15 years. He is the author of Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese.

The History of the Piña Colada

Quite a few bartenders and bars have claimed to have created the now famous piña colada over the years, but the drink's true origins are a bit murky. There's even evidence that traders in the 19th century mixed rum with coconut water and mashed pineapple for what would have been a sort of proto-piña!

Piña Coladas: Blended or Shaken?

By the way, there’s a misconception out there that a blended piña colada is actually a more recent, modernized version of the cocktail. In fact, the blended cocktail is the original, and the shaken piña colada the contemporary incarnation.

Piña Colada

The traditional blended pina colada recipe doesn’t use frozen pineapple, but I find it adds a bit more flavor and reduces the amount of ice needed.

Pina Colada Recipe – You Only Need 3 Ingredients!

You don’t need one of those premade pina colada mixes you can buy at the store – making it from scratch is super easy. This is the best pina colada recipe and I always have the ingredients on hand so I can whip one up whenever I want.

What Rum is best for Pina Colada?

The best rum to use is a light rum. Choose one that you like to drink! Avoid using dark rum because the flavor is a little too caramel-y and rich for a piña colada. This drink is all about fresh and fruity flavors so the light rum works best.

How to Make Pina Colada

This piña colada recipe is so easy! Place all of the ingredients in a blender. Add some crushed ice and then blend until it’s well combined and slushy.

Make it a Piña Colada Mocktail!

You can easily leave out the rum and have a virgin pina colada. Just make the drink as directed and just skip the alcohol. My daughter LOVES having a fancy cocktail that’s safe for her to drink.

Can I Double or Triple the Pina Colada Mix?

If you want to make these for several people you can double or triple the recipe! Because it’s a frozen, slushy drink you will want to make the batch and serve it right away. It doesn’t hold well because the ice melts pretty quick.

Pina Colada Recipe

Just three ingredients makes the best tropical cocktail – and you can easily make this without rum to make it a virgin piña colada.

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