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Piña colada

A three ingredient tropical cocktail that makes you feel like you are on an island with summer shinning bright. Packed with fresh pineapple juice, Malibu, coconut milk and pineapple slices. It is elegant and creamy but one glass goes a long way. 

A classic Piña colada is a creamy cocktail made with rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice and ice. It is usually shaken and served with crushed ice or blended into a slushy where frozen pineapples are added to the mixture. You can serve it with pineapple slices, maraschino cherries, cocktail umbrella or the pineapple crown leaves. Some recipes use cream of coconut in place of the coconut milk, while others use coconut extract to maintain the coconut flavor. 

I have used Malibu to make this cocktail but you can use Bacardi Gold as well. I have tasted it with Don Q Coco Rum as well. The cocktail I have made here is shaken but I have also made this with frozen pineapple in a blender. I’ll be honest, I don’t ever drink this cocktail outside at a bar. However it is worth mentioning a very funny story about this. I was in Singapore visiting family and they took me out for dinner/drinks. I didn’t drink at all then and honestly I still don’t unless I really want to try something new or get fascinated with something. 

We went into a bar and this was 6 years ago, so no covid restrictions. Everyone bought a drink and Dev aka No.1 Uncle asked me (the family I was visiting) what I wanted to drink, I said water, he laughed and told me to get something/anything I liked and I said okay fine lets have a VIRGIN Piña colada. Yes, you read right. He looked at me and laughed even harder, we tried telling the bar tender I wanted a Piña colada but without alcohol and he thought I was nuts cause I was definitely not under age so it made no sense. When the bill came, the mocktail was more expensive than the vodka they bought! LOL! We laugh about it till today, I look forward to meeting them at some point and making some cocktails for them. 

This tropical drink honestly is a summer cooler but you can make it at any point of the year to channel those island vibes. I would recommend making your own pineapple juice as the store bought usually has a lot of added sugar making for a very sweet drink, however you need the juice. Use full fat coconut milk here ad you can even top the cocktail with whipped coconut cream cause why not. 

Food pairing: 

You can pair some delicious seafood dishes with this cocktail, ideally something spicy with chilis. I love serving this with a BBQ grilled portobello mushroom stuffed with herbs and breadcrumbs, some peri peri prawns or even black pepper squid. 

Enjoy this tropical pineapple cocktail, click here to watch how I made it. Happy Shaking Ninjas!

Piña colada

A three ingredient tropical cocktail that makes you feel like you are on an island with summer shinning bright. Packed with fresh pineapple juice, Malibu, coconut milk and pineapple slices. It is elegant and creamy but one glass goes a long way.
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Appetizer, Drinks, Finger food, Brunch, Party, Celebration, Cocktails, Cocktail
Cuisine Puerto Rico
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Tall Glass

Ingredients
  

  • 120 ml Malibu rum
  • 150 ml Fresh pineapple juice
  • 55 ml Coconut Milk
  • 4-6 Ice cubes

Garnish

  • Pineapple slices
  • Cherries

Instructions
 

  • Place all the ingredients in a shaker and shake well.
  • Pour into a talk glass.
  • Garnish with a slice of pineapple and cherries.

Notes

  • You can use 1/2 cup crushed ice instead of whole ice. If using crushed ice you can add it into the glass and pour the drink over.
  • You can also garnish the drink with dehydrated pineapple and whipped coconut cream.
  • The pineapple must be fresh for the best taste.
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