Piña Coladas

Piña coladas, for me, are the drink that signifies summer more than any other.  I have spent so many wonderful vacations sitting on the beach with one, they mean only good things.  Up until this year I had never made them at home other than using one of the premade frozen cans.  I saw this recipe and knew my days of the canned concoction were over.  It takes very few ingredients to make this fabulous frozen drink and thankfully they are things that I have on hand almost all the time.  Perfect, since I have no time for a real vacation this summer.  Instead I just sit outside in the evening with one of these, close my eyes, and imagine really hard that I’m somewhere else.  Okay, it doesn’t quite work, but at least the drink is darn good.

This is what summer nights should be.

Piña Coladas
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Serves 3-4
6 oz. light rum
½ cup coconut cream
2 tbsp. milk
1 cup fresh chopped pineapple
1½ cups frozen chopped pineapple
2 cups crushed ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree on high speed until smooth and well combined.   Pour into tall glasses and garnish as desired with fresh pineapple.

Source: slightly adapted from Culinary Musings

31 Responses

  1. Yummmmm……..

  2. I am definitely going to have to try this. It looks absolutely delish!

  3. Thanks for the shout out 🙂

    Love your site and your photos are adorable!

  4. THx for sharing!! My favourite drink! Finally can make my own~^^

  5. What a festive little glass, and I love the all-natural recipe. Sometimes drinks like that are “too easily made” with overly sugary mix-ins. This sounds wonderful, though. I love that you took a shot outdoors with the grass as a background, too. Great job, Annie!

  6. I love the top pic! I was already impressed by your photos, and now you’ve got all your conference tips!

  7. Very similar to the way I make them. Looks good.

    Coconut cream can go bad, even unopened in the can. I wouldn’t recommend stocking up on it to have “handy.” I did that once, and to much disappointment I found them overly viscous and kind of “off” tasting. Not fun to learn when entertaining. 🙂

    • Joe, I bought it in a squeeze bottle that is airtight. The bottle says it doesn’t expire anytime soon, and so far it has been fine. I go through it fast enough that I don’t think it will be an issue.

  8. I do not have most of those ingredients on hand, but I will when I get to the store next. 🙂 I love Pina Coladas! I do have the most important ingredient on hand though. The rum! Thanks!

  9. I haven’t had a pina colada in decades. Sounds and looks good!

  10. I have never been as thristy as I’am right now. Looks Fab.

  11. This looks so yummy! Too bad I am pregnant 😦 I’m sure I could make it without the rum.

  12. Is there anything you can substitue for the rum? I love pina coladas, but am 20 weeks pregnant 🙂 Let me know if you have any suggestions!

  13. It looks great, and it would be a great change from my citrus-simple sugar-various types of alcohol rut, but the problem is that those are a bunch of ingredients that I pretty much never have on hand. Not that that ever stops me from making what I want…

  14. Mmm, I love pina coladas! Looks like a great recipe!

  15. Annie-
    Is it important to use fresh pineapple for this recipe? Could you use canned or just all frozen?

    • Amy,
      Of course you can use any kind you like. But, to me it is important because fresh is just SO much better. I never eat the canned stuff.

  16. Is there anything non-alcoholic that I can substitute for the rum?

  17. Going to make this for the hubby tonight!

  18. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Pina coladas definitely sound like a fantastic summer treat.

  19. Mmmmm….my favorite summertime treat. 🙂

  20. I’m making this tonight for a bunch of girlfriends from work. I cannot wait! I never would have guessed it would be so few ingredients. Thanks to your blog, Annie, I am moving farther and farther away from pre-made, store-bought anything. I am learning to make things from scratch that I would never have thought of, and my family and friends are all much better off because of it. Thank you, Annie!

  21. Couldn’t agree more. Pina coladas = vacay in my mind – and I’ve never even made them at home. I may have to sometime, just so I can pretend…

  22. Oh my gosh, I just tried this recipe tonight. I will never make another recipe for pina coladas again. It’s this recipe forever! 🙂 Seriously, the fresh ingredients make all the difference. Thanks so much for posting!

  23. Can’t wait to make this for my hubby! Can you clarify whether you used coconut cream or cream of coconut? I have both on hand and my understanding of the difference is that cream of coconut is sweetened coconut cream. You mentioned in an earlier comment that yours was in a squeeze bottle, which makes me think cream of coconut (Coco Lopez) from the drink aisle. I got the coconut cream from the Asian grocery. Thanks!

  24. Wow, I wish I hadn’t waited until labor day to make these! They are amazingly good. I used cream of coconut (which I’ve never had before, I may or may not have eaten the rest of the can with a spoon) and coconut rum. I’m going to make these in January when I’m wishing I were sitting by a beach instead of the fire place.

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