Perfect Pina Colada

Hey there, flavor enthusiasts! AB in the house, and I’ve got a taste of paradise served up in a glass – the one and only Pina Colada! Close your eyes, feel the tropical breeze, and let’s embark on a flavor journey that’ll transport you straight to the beach. Picture this – golden sunsets, swaying palms, and a refreshing Pina Colada in hand. Today, I’m spillin’ the secrets to crafting the ultimate tropical elixir that’ll have you saying, “Cheers to chill vibes and good times, AB style!”

Now, before you start wonderin’, let me lay it out for you. Why should you dive into making a Pina Colada? Simple – it’s the epitome of tropical bliss! We’re talkin’ about a symphony of fresh pineapple, creamy coconut, and the perfect kick of rum. Whether you’re hosting a backyard luau, having a chill day by the pool, or just cravin’ a taste of the tropics, the Pina Colada is your ticket to flavor paradise. Get ready to blend, sip, and unwind with a taste of vacation in every drop.


  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz coconut rum
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz cream of coconut
  • Pineapple slices and maraschino cherries for garnish
  • Optional: Toasted coconut flakes for rimming the glass

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Prepare the Glass:

  • If you’re feelin’ fancy, rim a chilled glass with toasted coconut flakes for that extra tropical touch.

2. Blend the Goodness:

  • In a blender, toss in fresh pineapple chunks, coconut cream, crushed ice, white rum, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut.
  • Blend until the mixture is as smooth as a laid-back island groove.

3. Pour and Serve:

  • Let the liquid sunshine flow as you pour your blended Pina Colada into that prepared glass.

4. Garnish:

  • Top it off with pineapple slices and maraschino cherries – because every sip deserves a fruity companion.

5. Enjoy the Tropical Vibes:

  • Stick a straw in, give it a gentle stir, and let the tropical vibes take over.

6. Optional: Get Fancy with Presentation:

  • Feeling extra? Garnish with a pineapple wedge on the rim for that Instagram-worthy moment.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Fresh is Best: Opt for fresh pineapple to elevate the flavor. If fresh ain’t available, frozen pineapple chunks work just as well.
  • Top-Shelf Rums: Choose high-quality white rum and coconut rum for a smooth and sophisticated taste.
  • Creamy Consistency: Adjust the amount of crushed ice and coconut cream to your liking. Some folks love it thick and slushy; others prefer it smooth and creamy.
  • Taste and Tweak: Give your Pina Colada a taste test before serving. Adjust the sweetness by adding more pineapple juice or cream of coconut if needed.


  1. Virgin Pina Colada: Skip the rum for a booze-free version that’s equally delightful. Increase the pineapple juice for an extra punch.
  2. Mango Pina Colada: Toss in fresh or frozen mango chunks for a tropical twist.
  3. Strawberry Pina Colada: Add a handful of fresh or frozen strawberries for a berrylicious kick.
  4. Coconut Pineapple Colada: Amp up the coconut flavor with a splash of coconut milk in addition to the coconut cream.
  5. Spicy Pina Colada: Feeling adventurous? Add a dash of chili powder or a slice of jalapeño for a spicy kick.
  6. Blue Hawaiian Pina Colada: Infuse a vibrant blue hue by adding a splash of blue curaçao for a visually stunning experience.
  7. Tropical Berry Blast: Mix in a medley of berries like blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries for a burst of color and flavor.
  8. Citrus Twist Pina Colada: Squeeze in some fresh lime or orange juice for a zesty and refreshing twist.
  9. Peachy Keen Pina Colada: Include ripe peach slices for a sweet and juicy addition.
  10. Passion Fruit Paradise: Introduce passion fruit puree for an exotic and tangy flavor.

What to Pair With Your Pina Colada:

  1. Grilled Shrimp Skewers: The tropical notes complement the savory goodness of grilled shrimp.
  2. Coconut Shrimp: Dive into a classic pairing that’s a match made in flavor heaven.
  3. Pineapple Salsa and Chips: The freshness of pineapple salsa pairs perfectly with the creamy Pina Colada.
  4. Fish Tacos: Elevate your tropical experience with fish tacos topped with a zesty mango salsa.
  5. Fresh Fruit Salad: Keep it light with a refreshing fruit salad featuring a mix of tropical fruits.
  6. Coconut Rice: Serve alongside coconut-infused rice for an extra touch of the tropics.
  7. Teriyaki Chicken Skewers: The sweet and savory flavors of teriyaki chicken complement the Pina Colada beautifully.
  8. Tropical Chicken Salad: Enjoy a light and flavorful chicken salad with tropical ingredients like mango and pineapple.
  9. Island-Inspired Pizza: Opt for a pizza with tropical toppings like ham, pineapple, and coconut.
  10. Seafood Ceviche: The bright and citrusy notes of ceviche are a delightful contrast to the creamy Pina Colada.

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  1. If desired, rim a chilled glass with toasted coconut flakes by dipping the rim in water and then in the coconut flakes. This is optional.

  2. In a blender, combine fresh pineapple chunks, coconut cream, crushed ice, white rum, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

  3. Pour the blended Pina Colada into the prepared glass.

  4. Garnish with pineapple slices and maraschino cherries.

  5. Stick a straw in, give it a gentle stir, and transport yourself to a tropical paradise with each sip.

  6. If you’re feeling extra fancy, garnish with a pineapple wedge on the rim of the glass.

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