Pina Colada Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Piña Colada is a classic tropical cocktail that originated in Puerto Rico in the 1950s. It was created by bartender Ramón 'Monchito' Marrero at the Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, who wanted to capture the flavors of the island in a refreshing drink. The cocktail quickly gained popularity and was declared the official drink of Puerto Rico in 1978.

  • The name: Piña Colada means 'strained pineapple' in Spanish, referring to the pineapple juice used in the drink.
  • Popularity: The Piña Colada has become a symbol of tropical vacations and beachside relaxation.
  • Variations: There are many variations of the Piña Colada, including the Virgin Piña Colada (non-alcoholic) and the Miami Vice (a mix of Piña Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri).

How Pina Colada Tastes?

The Piña Colada is a sweet, creamy, and fruity cocktail with a smooth texture. The flavors of pineapple and coconut blend harmoniously, creating a tropical taste sensation. The rum adds a subtle warmth and depth to the drink.

Interesting facts about Pina Colada

  • The song: The Piña Colada is famously mentioned in the 1979 song 'Escape (The Piña Colada Song)' by Rupert Holmes.
  • National Piña Colada Day: July 10th is celebrated as National Piña Colada Day in the United States.
  • World Record: In 2014, Puerto Rico set the Guinness World Record for the largest Piña Colada, which contained 3,150 liters (832 gallons) of the cocktail.


White Rum

The 2 oz of white rum provides the alcoholic base for the cocktail. It lends a smooth, slightly sweet flavor. Too little, and you miss the 'spirit' of it; too much, and your Piña Colada might set sails without you.

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Pineapple Juice

3 oz of pineapple juice gives our tropical friend its signature tang and sweetness. Skimp on it, and you'll wonder where the island vibes went. Overflow it, and your drink may become a pineapple parade.

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Cream of Coconut

1 oz of cream of coconut brings the creamy, velvety texture that makes every sip feel like a cloud in your mouth. No coconut cream, no creamy dream—it's that simple. But pour too much, and you might as well be sipping on a coconut.

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Fresh Lime Juice

A zesty 0.5 oz of fresh lime juice cuts through the sweetness, adding balance and freshness. Without it, your drink could become a sugar fest, with it, a harmonious symphony.

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Crushed Ice

1 cup of crushed ice - it's the unsung hero that chills and dilutes, ensuring that your cocktail doesn't feel like a tropical warm front.

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Fresh Pineapple Wedge and Maraschino Cherry

For garnishing, one fresh pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry add the final touch of paradise while whispering sweet nothings about your presentation skills.

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Recipe. How to make Pina Colada Drink

  1. Prepare the ingredients: Measure out the white rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and fresh lime juice.
  2. Blend: In a blender, combine the rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, lime juice, and crushed ice. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Serve: Pour the mixture into a hurricane or highball glass.
  4. Garnish: Place a pineapple wedge on the rim of the glass and add a maraschino cherry on top of the pineapple wedge.

Pro Tips

  • Quality Ingredients: Use fresh pineapple juice and high-quality rum for the best flavor.
  • Blending: Blend until the ice is completely crushed for a smoother texture.
  • Serving: Chill the glass before serving for a more refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings


A classic Piña Colada pairs wonderfully with lighter seafood dishes. The sweetness of the cocktail complements the delicate flavors of shrimp, scallops, or a fresh fish ceviche.

Spicy Foods

The creamy sweetness of the Piña Colada can provide a refreshing contrast to spicy dishes. Think of enjoying it with jerk chicken, spicy Thai noodles, or a zesty salsa.

BBQ & Grilled Foods

The cocktail's tropical flavors make it a great companion for BBQ and grilled meats, balancing the smokiness with a touch of sweetness and acidity.

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What you could change in Pina Colada

  • Rum: You can substitute white rum with dark rum or coconut rum for a different flavor profile.
  • Pineapple Juice: Freshly squeezed orange juice can be used as a substitute.
  • Cream of Coconut: Coconut milk or coconut cream can be used as a substitute.

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And of course - twists🍹

Coconut Cream Piña Colada

Swap cream of coconut for the same amount of coconut cream. This twist will have a more pronounced and more natural coconut flavor, with less sweetness and more creaminess. Ideal for coconut lovers! Expect a denser, more indulgent experience.

Spiced Pineapple Piña Colada

Add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg to the blender before blending. A hint of spice will introduce a warming contrast to the frosty sweetness. It's like Christmas collided with your summer vacation, in the most delicious way possible.

Berry-licious Piña Colada

Blend in a handful of your favorite berries. Turn the classic on its head with a burst of berry flavor. Not only will it have a more complex taste, but you'll also get an eye-catching color. Summer just got a little more fun, and your Instagram a little more like.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pina Colada

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Pina Colada

What type of White Rum should I use?

Any white rum works, but brands like Bacardi, Havana Club or Mount Gay are often recommended for their smooth and distinct flavors.

Is there any special equipment required to make a Pina Colada?

While not necessary, a quality blender can make a difference in achieving the smooth and frothy texture characteristic of Pina Coladas.

Can I make a batch of Pina Colada ahead of time?

Yes, you can mix all the ingredients and keep it refrigerated. However, blend it with ice just before serving for the best taste and texture.

What is the best type of glass to serve a Pina Colada?

Traditionally, a Pina Colada is served in a Poco Grande or Hurricane glass. But any tall glass would work.

Are there any food pairings that go well with Pina Colada?

Pina Colada goes well with tropical or Caribbean themed foods. It complements spicy foods and seafood particularly well.

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