Do you like Pina Coladas? (And getting songs stuck in your head?) If you’ve had a bad Pina Colada made with a mix, this fresh Pina Colada recipe will change your mind about this classic summer cocktail.
My parents travelled a lot with us in the winter when I was young because we lived in China and the air quality was the third worst in the world. One of my favorite summer destinations was Hawaii, where I actually learned how to swim by visiting my dad at the hotel’s pool bar. The bartender sometimes rewarded my efforts by making me a virgin version of this drink with extra cherries and of course, a tiny pink parasol.
Although those childhood versions were nice, I definitely prefer my pina coladas now with a couple ounces of good quality dark rum. They can be made with or without ice, but if you do add ice, make sure to grind it really tiny – to almost a slushie texture.
How to Make a Fresh Pina Colada
- 1/4 cup coconut cream (not coconut milk)
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 5 oz dark rum
- 1/4 cup pineapple, optional
- 1/2 cup ice, optional
- Garnish: pineapple wedges, cherries, parasols, etc.
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Taste and adjust to your preferences, adding more juice or coconut cream.
Pour into a glass and garnish as desired.
Makes two delicious pina colada cocktails.
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What’s your favorite summer cocktail recipe?