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Piña Colada Drink Recipes

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When searching for Pina Colada drink recipes, you will find an amazing array of different ways to put together this classic cocktail. No matter how you concoct this drink, you are guaranteed to be transported to a tropical location, if only for a brief moment. In fact, this drink is so popular in the tropics that it is the official beverage of the island of Puerto Rico.

About the Pina Colada

In Spanish, Pina Colada means "strained pineapple". This sweet drink is a rum-based cocktail crafted with coconut cream and pineapple juice. It is usually blended with ice and garnished with either a pineapple wedge or a cherry.

History of the Pina Colada

The origin of this tropical cocktail, as with most cocktails, is debatable. One story dictates that it was invented by Ramon "Monchito" Marrero at the Caribe Hilton's Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The hotel wanted him to create a signature drink that would be worthy of its high-end clientele. Another story states that a pirate named Roberto Cofresi created a cocktail with coconut, pineapple and white rum in order to boost his crew's morale.

One Puerto Rican restaurant, Barrachina, also claims to be the birthplace of this cocktail. The story goes that Mr. Barrachina met a bartender named Ramon Portas Mingot on a trip to South America. Ramon eventually moved to Puerto Rico to work for Mr. Barrachina and, while there, blended a drink of pineapple juice, coconut cream, ice and condensed milk.

A final story relays that Hilton employee Ricardo Gracia, who was working at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, invented the drink when the coconut cutters' union went on strike. Rumor has it that when the coconut supply was eliminated, this resourceful bartender decided to add some pineapple to a little coconut and rum for the ultimate balance of sweetness and acidity.

About Coconut Cream

Coconut cream is one of the key ingredients for a Pina Colada. It isn't an easy ingredient to find, but it is essential if you are determined to make an authentic version of this cocktail. Coconut cream is similar to coconut milk, but it contains less water and creates a thicker consistency.

You can make your own coconut cream by simmering two cups of shredded, unsweetened coconut in two cups of milk until the mixture is frothy. Strain this mixture through a cheesecloth, squeezing out as much liquid as possible, and toss the coconut. Refrigerate the coconut milk until it sets. The coconut cream will rise to the top of the milk. Strain this off, and use it in your cocktail.

A Selection of Pina Colada Drink Recipes

There are many ways to make a Pina Colada. Here are a few excellent Pina Colda drink recipes.

Old-Style Pina Colada


  • 3 ounces light rum
  • 3 teaspoons coconut cream
  • 3 teaspoons crushed pineapple


  1. Put all of the ingredients into a blender with two cups of crushed ice.
  2. Blend until the drink is a thick, creamy consistency.
  3. Strain the mix into a glass, and serve with a straw and a pineapple wedge or maraschino cherry.

If you can't find coconut cream, add some condensed milk to coconut milk for a thick consistency.

Pina Colada with Coconut Rum

This recipe doesn't need coconut milk because it uses coconut rum for the flavor and cream for the consistency.


  • 4 ounces coconut rum, such as Malibu or your personal favorite
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces cream


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a glass with crushed ice.
  2. Mix well, and strain into a glass.
  3. Garnish the beverage with a pineapple slice.

Pina Colada with Dark Rum

Adding dark rum provides a richer depth to this drink.


  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces coconut cream
  • Pineapple for garnish


  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender with two cups of crushed ice.
  2. Blend until you achieve a creamy consistency.
  3. Strain the beverage into a hurricane glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Now you have plenty of Pina Colada drink recipes. Give each one a try and decide which one you prefer.

Piña Colada Drink Recipes