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Our site's Best Piña Colada

Freezing fresh pineapple definitely makes the best impact flavor-wise in this piña colada recipe, but you can use 8 oz. frozen pineapple if you wish. This is part of Our site's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.


  • ½ fresh pineapple, peeled, cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • 6 ounces sweetened cream of coconut (preferably Coco López)
  • 2 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces dark rum (optional)
  • Maraschino cherries and lime wedges (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Do Ahead: Pineapple can be chopped 3 months ahead. Keep frozen.

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Reviews SectionSubstitute 1 Oz orange juice and 1 Oz lime juice and you have the perfect Piña Colada!There’s no such a thing as “too much rum".😬😬😬One more on the books!!johana castanedaNew York City05/04/20So I made a few substitutions so maybe it doesn't count but it tastes good..... def dont double this recipe tho, especially if you are making Pina coladas for one 😅. whoops.MelissaofficinalisToronto04/20/20I just made this and it's too rum forward. I'm not a lightweight either. Most of the taste is rum. I also wish it was a bit more forward in creaminess. I've been searching for a pina colada that tastes like the one I had in the Bahamas, but alas this is not it. HOWEVER, the consistency is fantastic. So freezing after blending and then blending again is definitely the way to go.Waaaay too strong, if you want to make this use half the amount of rum. We're going to dilute it.This was my first time ever making Pina Coladas and this recipe has made me love them forever! It has a strong kick of sweet, a hint of sour from the lime and then it reminds you there is alcohol in it. A beautiful yet powerful blend. To save myself time I bought a bag of pre-frozen pineapples and used 8 ounces of it. I would also say keep it in the freezer for 45 - 50 mins instead. The longer the better for that perfect smoothie texture that keeps the cherries from sinking straight to the bottom. For extra sweetness, you can drizzle some of the cherry syrup on the top for a nice aesthetic touch. :)AngelaEngleIndiana04/03/20Made these pina coladas last night for the first time and I will never go back to pre-mixed crap again. These have the best flavor and are the most authentic I've ever had. Excellent recipe and as someone who has a problem with sugar, I loved that unsweetened coconut cream and coconut milk was used. There is enough natural sugar from the pineapple. Excellent!BrattykidMinnesota03/07/20Makes an excellent piña colada. Only difference I made was using a store bought bag of frozen pineapple. Right amount of rum for me also.Not a bad recipe but I amped it up. Used fresh coconut. Reserved liquid plus additional stir bought coconut water and made 2-3 trays of ice cubes. Then I pureed 1/4 of the fresh coconut. And yes... ONE OUNC FLOATER using Myers 151. Awesome!AnonymousVenice fl05/23/19Just made it and it is delicious! Perfect and refreshing. I would not I'm a lightweight, so no floater for this guy.sugliacWinston-Salem, NC05/16/19Pretty good but not boozy enough for me. Full 1 oz dark rum floaters instead of .5 oz helped. Next time I will also try upping the lime juice to 3 oz and or adding an ounce of orange juice for more citrus flavor.I was tired of my lady, we´d been together too longLike a worn-out recording, of a favorite songSo while she lay there sleeping, I read the paper in bedAnd in the personals column, there was this letter I read"If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rainIf you´re not into yoga, if you have half a brainIf you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the capeI´m the love that you´ve looked for, write to me, and escape"I didn´t think about my lady, I know that sounds kind of meanBut me and my old lady, had fallen into the same old dull routineSo I wrote to the paper, took out a personal adAnd though I´m nobody´s poet, I thought it wasn´t half bad"Yes, I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rainI´m not much into health food, I am into champagneI´ve got to meet you by tomorrow noon, and cut through all this red tapeAt a bar called O'Malley's, where we´ll plan our escape"So I waited with high hopes, then she walked in the placeI knew her smile in an instant, I knew the curve of her faceIt was my own lovely lady, and she said, "Oh, it´s you"And we laughed for a moment, and I said, "I never knew""That you liked Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rainAnd the feel of the ocean, and the taste of champagneIf you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the capeYou´re the love that I´ve looked for, come with me, and escape""If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rainIf you´re not into yoga, if you have half a brainIf you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the capeI'm the love that you've looked for, come with me, and escape"AnonymousYOur MOm04/09/19Really great recipe. I recommend making your own version of Coco Lopez, otherwise the overall recipe is really delicious. Coco Lopez on its own is delicious but it tends to separate in the can and depending on how long it has been sitting on the shelf, it's wiser to create your own version with coconut cream and sugar (and a pinch of salt!); it takes about a minute to make. Art of Drink has a great homemade cream of coconut recipe, and i've tried both Coco Lopez and the homemade version. The homemade version is perferable, IMO.Here's what I did so yall can try to follow:1 20 oz can of Dole pineapple chunks in juice1/2 15 oz can Coco Lopez1 tablespoon lime juice2 tablespoons milk or cream or whatever you gotPinch of salt1.5 ice cubs trays standard sizeBlend, put in glasses, freeze for a few minutes, remove, top with alcohol (I like dark rum), whipped cream if you like, and a straw. I like the float because the alcohol doesn't melt the drink and you can either mix it in if you like or do what I do and sip some alcohol when I want it and then just pina colada when I want.AnonymousSan Diego09/18/18Love this recipe absolutely perfect but I will experiment with other rum such as mango pineapple banana rum they have all kinds of different rums but this stuff is very good as the way it is whipped up in a Ninja blender with a breeze to make and yeah it will rock your effing worldWow, this recipe is really good! I may have to get a Slush Puppy machine so I can have them instantly! 🐶AnonymousNew Hampshire01/15/18

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