Piña Coladas

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If you like piña coladas, whip up this frosty cocktail with frozen pineapple, cream of coconut, and rum – it’s paradise in a glass!

finished pina colada with umbrella, maraschino cherry, and fresh pineapple garnishes

Whenever I think of piña coladas, especially on a hot summer day or when that catchy song comes on the radio, I’m whisked back to a vacation in the Dominican Republic with my daughter, all of 9 years old at the time. There she was, in her little bikini, swimming up to the pool bar with her childhood friend, ordering virgin piña coladas amidst a swarm of partying college kids. It was quite the scene (and maybe even borderline inappropriate!), but those two sipping their mocktails in the pool like seasoned vacationers was just the cutest sight!

I’m not sure if those piña coladas were any good — they were probably the kind made from an overly-sweet mix — but this version is authentic. Made with a blend of pineapple, cream of coconut, coconut milk, lime juice, and a generous splash of rum, this frosty cocktail is like a tropical dessert that doesn’t need to wait for after dinner. Close your eyes and it may just transport you to sun-kissed beaches of vacations past. If you have kids or non-drinkers around who want to get in on the fun, whip up some virgin piña coladas for them by leaving out the rum.

What You’ll Need to Make Piña Coladas

what you'll need to make pina coladas

Some piña colada recipes use dark or golden rum; I opt for light rum as it helps to highlight the coconut and pineapple flavors.

Can of Coco Lopez cream of coconut.When shopping, be sure not to confuse “cream of coconut” with “coconut cream.” Coconut cream consists of coconut meat and a small amount of water, whereas cream of coconut is coconut cream that’s been sweetened and processed to achieve a thick, syrup-like consistency. Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut is considered the gold standard when making piña coladas. It’s available at most large supermarkets, typically found in the section with cocktail mixers and other drink ingredients. You might also find it in the international foods aisle, particularly in the Latin or Caribbean products section.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Put the pineapple chunks and ice into the blender.pineapple and ice in blender

Add the coconut milk.

adding coconut milk to blender

Pour in the cream of coconut.

adding cream of coconut to blender

Add the lime juice.

adding lime juice to the blender

Pour in the rum.

adding rum to the blender

Blend until smooth and frosty.

blended pina coladas in blender

Pour into glasses.

pina coladas in glasses

Garnish with pineapple slices and Maraschino cherries, if desired. Serve immediately.

pina coladas being garnished with maraschino cherries

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Piña Coladas

If you like piña coladas, whip up this frosty cocktail with frozen pineapple, cream of coconut, and rum – it’s paradise in a glass!

Servings: 4 drinks
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 6 oz. (¾ cup) Coco Lopez® Cream of Coconut (see note)
  • 2 oz. (¼ cup) full-fat unsweetened coconut milk or heavy cream
  • 6 oz. (¾ cup) white rum
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Pineapple slices and/or Maraschino cherries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Put the pineapple, ice, cream of coconut, coconut milk (or heavy cream), rum, and lime juice into a blender. Blend until smooth and frosty. Pour into glasses and garnish with pineapple slices and Maraschino cherries, if desired. Serve immediately.
  2. Note: When shopping, be sure not to confuse "cream of coconut" with "coconut cream." Coconut cream consists of coconut meat and a small amount of water, whereas cream of coconut is coconut cream that's been sweetened and processed to achieve a thick, syrup-like consistency. Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut is considered the gold standard when making piña coladas. It's available at most large supermarkets, typically found in the section with cocktail mixers and other drink ingredients. You might also find it in the international foods aisle, particularly in the Latin or Caribbean products section.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 321
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34 g
  • Sugar: 30 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Sodium: 23 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Comments

  • Wow! Best. Pina Coladas. Ever!!! Made them for my daughter’s in-laws and the rest of the family and everyone absolutely loved them. Just a quick tip, we live in South Florida and tried to find Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut at our local Publix grocery store but couldn’t find it. Asked a manager and he called next door to the Publix liquor store and they carried it there. It definitely makes a difference using this brand. Making it again soon!

    • — Denise on August 23, 2023
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    • Totally agree. Absolutely the best !

      • — Eyda on September 26, 2023
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  • Mouthwatering! One sip and you will really be transported to far away resort! I made these for a “one last summer hurrah” party for my teens. I switched the rum for pineapple juice. Absolutely delicious! Thank you.

    • — Karly Anderson on August 12, 2023
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  • Wowza! Dee-licious! I could suck these things down on the regular. Not going to though. I found Coconut Barcardi rum to use here and this was the best Piña Colada I’ve ever had.
    Next up- Mojito!

    • — Amy on August 9, 2023
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  • Yum! I whipped them up without the rum for dessert, and they were divine. Thanks for another great recipe.

    • — Joe on August 9, 2023
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  • Good grief, these are just outstanding. No coconut milk, so I used heavy cream and Malibu for my rum. My hubby and I drank it all, so I guess I’d say this recipe serves 2. We’ve made it twice this week. Oh my!

    • — Vicki on August 8, 2023
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  • This looks so good, thanks for sharing! What would you recommend as a rum substitute to make it nonalcoholic?

    • — Emily on August 8, 2023
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    • Hi Emily, You can just omit the rum — they’ll still be delish!

      • — Jenn on August 11, 2023
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  • Hi. Wondering if you use coconut milk in a can or regular coconut milk in a carton, does it matters at all? Thanks!

    • — Sonya on August 7, 2023
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    • Hi Sonya, What you buy in a carton is coconut water, so you’ll want to buy the can. Hope that clarifies. 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 8, 2023
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  • Excellent in every way! We certainly enjoyed another delicious recipe from Jenn. We will keep this cocktail recipe in our repertoire.

    • — Judy on August 7, 2023
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  • Another 5 star recipe from Master Mixologist Jenn! My kids were so delighted to have homemade virgin Pina Coladas that tasted better than any restaurant or resort we have been to! And so fast and easy to make! Bravo again!!!

    • — Tara on August 6, 2023
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  • This drink looks amazing. Always ordered it when we used to go to the Islands.
    Where will one find coconut cream?

    • — Sunny Drohan on August 6, 2023
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    • Hi Sunny, it’s typically in the drink and mixer section. If you don’t find it there, it’s likely in the Latin aisle. Hope you enjoy if you make them!

      • — Jenn on August 8, 2023
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  • I would love to make this but do you freeze fresh pineapple or can cubed canned pineapple work?

    • — Valerie on August 6, 2023
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    • Hi Valerie, You can freeze fresh pineapple, but I just buy it frozen – makes it easy!

      • — Jenn on August 6, 2023
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    • Thanks Jen…I never even thought of that. Your recipes are all amazing. I have been using them for the past 4 years and they are so easy and delicious. I haven’t made anything that I disliked.

      • — Valerie on August 7, 2023
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  • Question
    Fresh pineapple or canned?

    • — Valerie Graziano on August 6, 2023
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    • Actually, frozen pineapple (chunks).

      • — Jenn on August 7, 2023
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  • We don’t drink liquor. So our jaws dropped when our 7 year old daughter ordered a Pina colada at a restaurant. The server, too, was stunned.
    My kid’s explanation was that since she liked pineapple and coconut, she thought she’d like the drink. When I explained all the ingredients and said, “No,” the server jumped in and said they could make one without alcohol.

    • — Chris on August 6, 2023
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    • I’m making these for a backyard barbecue. Would it be OK to use dark rum? I prefer to have that on hand for a Dark and Stormy. We don’t usually drink light rum. How would it affect the taste? Or could I use Malibu coconut rum?

      • — Tonya on August 12, 2023
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      • Hi Tonya, Either will work well, but I’d probably go for the Malibu. Enjoy!

        • — Jenn on August 12, 2023
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