Oh, the Piña Colada – the original beach drink. I know it isn’t possible to spend the entire summer drinking Piña Coladas on the beach, but it’s okay to dream, right? The way I figure it, if you make the Piña Colada, you can sit outside in the sun, close your eyes and imagine the ocean is right there.
Piña Coladas were originally made in pineapples. So if you want to go old school, get a pineapple, core it, and use that as your cup.
The beauty of the Piña Colada is the combination of the coconut and pineapple flavors. The recipe calls for regular rum, but I would recommend using coconut rum. Now, Malibu Coconut Rum is a good, solid coconut rum that will make a great drink, but my personal favorite is RumHaven coconut rum, made with real coconut water.
Add pineapple juice, cream of coconut, ice and your rum of choice to a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve in either a pineapple, or a regular cocktail glass. Garnish with cherries or pineapples.
If you really want to bring on the beach – add a Hawaiian umbrella to the top. Close your eyes, feel the breeze and take a sip. You might find, you don’t need to drive all the way to the ocean to enjoy a trip to “the beach.”
*If you want to make the kiddos a Piña Colada just skip the rum! Or skip the rum and substitute the ice and coconut cream with coconut ice cream – that would make an excellent Piña Colada mocktail for your little ones.
1 1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup cream of coconut not coconut milk
1/2 cup rum
3 cups ice
pineapple chunks for garnish, optionalcherries for garnish, optional
Add ice to a blender. Add pineapple juice, cream of coconut and rum. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses, garnish with pineapple chunks and cherries. Serve.