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PINA COLADA RECIPE

My Piña Colada is not overly sweet, refreshing and tastes distinctly like coconut and pineapple. We love it and I could drink it all summer long!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, international, Puerto Rican
Keyword pina colada recipe, pineapple coconut drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 big serving
Calories 340kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

for the Malibu Pina Colada:

  • 4.5 oz pineapple juice (135 ml) 3 PARTS
  • 3 oz coconut rum (90 ml) like Malibu, 2 PARTS
  • 1.5 oz coconut milk (45 ml) from a can, shake with the can before opening, 1 PART
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice optional, can be omitted
  • 15 small ice cubes

for the fresh pineapple Pina Colada:

  • 3 oz (90g) frozen fresh pineapple chunks seven 1-inch / 2.5 cm chunks
  • 3 oz coconut rum (90 ml) like Malibu
  • 1.5 oz coconut milk (45 ml) from a can, shake with the can before opening
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice optional, can be omitted
  • 10 small ice cubes

Instructions

Malibu Pina Colada can be prepared 2 ways:

  • BLENDER Pina Colada (Frozen Pina Colada - this version is served more often in restaurants) - add all ingredients into a blender container and blitz until almost smooth. Blender Pina Colada will have a slushie/smoothie consistency. You can also use a good immersion (hand) blender to mix the ingredients.
  • SHAKEN Pina Colada - add all the ingredients into a shaker or a big jar. Shake it thoroughly, for a minimum of 30 seconds. It's best to use crushed ice here. You can also serve it on the rocks (simply pour the drink over ice). This drink will be a little thinner.

Fresh pineapple Pina Colada:

  • Add all the ingredients into a blender container and blitz until the drink has a slushie consistency (or until smooth). You can also use a good immersion (hand) blender to mix the ingredients.
  • Serve chilled and enjoy!

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Notes

1. PROPORTIONS FOR THE DRINK ARE: 3-2-1 (3 parts pineapple juice - 2 parts coconut rum - 1 part coconut milk) + a little lime juice to taste.
2. From the recipe below you'll have 1 big drink - an amount that will fit in a big Hurricane glass (pictured).
3. To make Pina Colada with fresh pineapple: peel and core the pineapple, freeze 1-inch / 2.5 cm pineapple flesh chunks. You will need 7 for one big drink (pictured).
4. Virgin Pina Colada: omit the rum completely or check out my Pina Colada Lassi recipe.
5. How to serve Pina Colada: in a tulip / Hurricane / highball glass. You can decorate the glas with pineapple wedges / leaves and a maraschino cherry.
6. How to make crushed ice: Place some ice cubes in a thick ziplock bag, close it and pound the bag with a rolling pin or just the bottom of a rum bottle. If you don't have a thick ziplock bag, you can use a clean kitchen towel.
7. Lime juice is optional but very recommended.
8. Use canned full-fat coconut milk and shake it before opening (do not use: coconut drink, coconut water, coconut cream or canned cream of coconut, this recipe is designed for using canned coconut milk). If your coconut milk is separated and won't come together despite shaking with the can, try to warm the milk up, just slightly. Whisk until the coconut milk is smooth and take the pot immediately off the heat.
9. I love that this Pina Colada is light and not overly sweet but if this is not sweet enough for you, you can add a little powdered sugar to the drink (since it's not a clear drink anyway). You can also make a simple syrup (cook equal amounts of water and granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved), but then you need to wait for the syrup to cool down.

Nutrition

Calories: 340kcal