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Piña Colada

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A classic Piña Colada is flavored with pineapple, coconut, and rum. It’s shaken or blended until frosty and delicious, and it tastes like a fresh coconut on a sandy beach near the ocean.

Two piña coladas garnished with pineapple and cherries.


 

Creamy, sweet, and delicious, a Piña Colada is the ultimate tropical cocktail. It might be the first thing you order pool-side at the bar of your next all-inclusive resort.

But why wait? A good Piña Colada has exactly what you think it does: coconut cream, pineapple, rum, and simple syrup. It’s easy to blend or shake with ice, and the paper umbrella is totally optional.

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for Piña Coladas.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Coconut cream: Look for coconut cream (thick and unsweetened), not cream of coconut (syrupy and very sweet).
  • Rum: For even more flavor, substitute coconut rum such as Malibu brand.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. To a blender, add coconut cream, rum, simple syrup, frozen pineapple, and ice cubes.
A blender with white liquid being mixed in it.
  1. Blend until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the blender as needed. Pour into a hurricane glasses and garnish with pineapple slices and maraschino cherries.
Building a piña colada in a hurricane glass.

What’s the best blender for frozen drinks?

A frozen cocktail is only as good as the blender being used to make it. Otherwise you’ll be left with icy bits that makes sipping a little less smooth. I’ve relied on my trusty Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender since Culinary School back in 2016, and I found that it’s the best blender for crushing ice without being too noisy—so it’s not a party crasher.

Someone pouring a strawberry margarita into a margarita glass.

It’s an investment that will last you for years (and for many, many frozen drinks), but I think it’s absolutely worth it. You can get it for around $600 at Amazon, and I also like using the Blendtec Classic blender for frozen drinks. It’s a little louder but also cheaper for just $380 at Amazon.

Recipe tips and variations

Two piña coladas garnished with pineapple and cherries.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use coconut milk instead of coconut cream for a piña colada?

No, coconut milk doesn’t have the same texture/thickness as coconut cream. You can try to compensate with more ice, but this will be dilute the overall flavor of the cocktail.

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Two Piña Coladas on a counter.

Piña Colada

A classic Piña Colada has pineapple, coconut, and rum blended or shaken with ice until frosty and delicious.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 cocktails
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 586
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients 

  • 15 ounces coconut cream (see note 1)
  • 6 ounces white rum (¾ cup, see note 2)
  • 2 ounces simple syrup (¼ cup)
  • 16 ounces frozen pineapple chunks (about 3 cups)
  • 8 ounces ice (about 2 cups)
  • 4 slices pineapple for garnish
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish, optional

Instructions 

  • To a blender, add coconut cream, rum, simple syrup, frozen pineapple, and ice cubes.
  • Blend until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the blender as needed. Pour into a hurricane glasses and garnish with pineapple slices and maraschino cherries.

Notes

  1. Coconut cream: Look for coconut cream (thick and unsweetened), not cream of coconut (syrupy and very sweet).
  2. Rum: For even more flavor, substitute coconut rum such as Malibu brand.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 4 blended piña coladas.
  4. Glassware: The ideal glass for a piña colada is a poco grande glass (shown above). It’s a similar shape to a hurricane glass but has a longer stem and a smaller cup.
  5. Over the top: Dreaming of vacation? Get a little crazy and top your piña colada with whipped cream and toasted coconut, too.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 586kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 5gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 33gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 18mgPotassium: 570mgFiber: 5gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 114IUVitamin C: 97mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 4mg
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