The Pina Colada is a Puerto Rican classic enjoyed since the 1950s whose name means "strained pineapple". Amongst the most popular cocktails world-wide, this smooth, easy-drinking cocktail should use the freshest, highest-quality pineapple juice you can find. "If you like Pina Colada", & "Getting caught in the rain" then try this IBA Pina Colada recipe.

  • Our Rating: 4
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Character: Refreshing Sweet
  • Occasions: All Day
  • Preparation Time: 4 min
Pina Colada

Pina Colada Ingredients

White Rum1shot
Coconut Cream1shots
Pineapple Juice3shots

Garnish with wedge of Pineapple & Maraschino Cherry.

How to Make a Pina Colada

  1. Place all ingredients except the ice into an electric blender & blend for a few seconds.
  2. Add crushed ice to the blender & blend for a few more seconds.
  3. Pour the blended mixture into a Hurricane glass, garnish with the pinapple slice & maraschino cherry. Serve with a straw.

Tips & Tricks Making a Pina Colada

  • When finished, the Pina Colada should be an even textured pure white colour that is absolutely not separated into froth & clear liquid.
  • There are many ways to create a Pina Colada - tinned pineapple juice, blended fresh pineapple (which can be strained). Another alternative is to use blended tinned pinapple for a silky smooth texture.
  • Using blended tinned pineapple will lead to a sweeter, less grainy Pina Colada.
  • Feel free to experiment with different rums - some bartenders prefer white or gold rum, some prefer a blend of light & dark rums in their Pina Colada.
  • A smoother texture can also be achieved by crushing the ice before putting it into the blender - thise will help avoid large gritty chunks remaining in the finished drink.
  • Use unsweetened coconut milk to avoid making a Pina Colada that is too sweet.
  • For that extra, perhaps over-the-top carribean touch, serve you Pina Colada in a hollowed-out pineapple or coconut shell.
  • If you find your Pina Coladas too sweet & rich, try adding half a fresh lime juice & garnish with a slice of fresh Lime & a fresh sprig of mint.
  • If you like this cocktail, you might like to try its distant dark-rum cousin - the Painkiller cocktail.

Fun Facts About the Pina Colada

  • This cocktail undoubtedly originated in Puerto Rico but the recipe is claimed by two barman: (i) Ramon Marrero Perez (in 1954), & (ii) Don Ramon Portas Mingot (later in 1963).
  • The Pina Colada is synonymous with "Escape (The PiƱa Colada Song)" from the album "Partners in Crime" by Ruper Holmes. The chorus originally contained "if you like Humphrey Bogart" but Ruper changed "Humphrey Bogart" to first exotic cocktail he could think of.

Items You Need to Make a Pina Colada

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Hurricane Glass

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Ice Crusher

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Stainless Steel Straws

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