Do you love Pina Coladas? We sure do! This Easy Pina Colada has only 4 ingredients and is delicious and refreshing. The perfect cocktail for any occasion!
This easy Pina Colada recipe is a fast way to get a cocktail in your hand. With just a few simple ingredients needed, you can relax with your feet up and a nice cold and refreshing cocktail to end the day.
If you like Pina coladas? And now that we all have that song stuck in our head, just those two little words will send you on a thirst for more. While this is usually a summertime favorite, we have no issues in our house making this any time of the year.
There are so many ways to make Pina coladas. This fruity frozen pineapple drink is a tropical delight. You may not be able to get to the tropics right now but you can bring the tropics to you in less than 5 minutes!
One of the biggest reasons that we make this frosty beverage is because it’s a sipper that packs a punch. We love to have a cocktail that takes a while to drink so that we can sit and enjoy one another at the same time. Great cocktails bring about great conversations!
It seems we all have our favorite cocktails. The one’s that bring back many memories. Pina colada’s were one of the first cocktail I remember drinking when visiting the Islands years ago. The warm breezes, beautiful blue water and never ending pretty glasses with colorful umbrellas and matching straws.
What kind of Rum should I use?
Rum is a big component of making a Pina colada. I would suggest a good white rum. We love spiced rum but adding it to a this drink will definitely impact the flavor of the drink. Stick with a good plain white rum for this drink and keep the rest of the flavored rums for your other cocktails.
You can use a coconut rum if you like but honestly I think you get enough coconut flavor from the cream of coconut. And they don’t use coconut rum on any Island I’ve ever been on. Keep it real!
Can you use fresh pineapple instead of frozen?
You’re going to make to use the fresh chunks of pineapple as a garnish and frozen for the actual drink mixture. This is because you’re going to be blending up the frozen pineapple which helps to add to the thickness of the drink. Frozen pineapple allows you to use less ice and less pineapple juice. This way your not watering down your drink. We buy frozen pineapple chunks. You can cut and freeze fresh pineapple if you like but that’s too much work.
What other juice can you add to a Pina colada?
Pineapple juice is perfect for sweetness but it’s not the only choice. You can use orange juice as well for a variance of the citrus flavor. Although it’s not juice, a splash of lemonade might be a good choice as well. Keep in mind it will change the flavor of the cocktail but still makes a yummy drink.
Pina Colada Recipe – Just 4 Ingredients
This tropical yummy tropical cocktail not only is a favorite for it’s over the top flavor, but it’s ease to make. Yes we love whipping up this easy drink in less than 5 minutes and putting our feet up and pretending we are on a sandy white beach. Even in the middle of winter. Sometimes you just have to use your imagination right? A Pina Colada can do that!
Getting back to the ingredients for this Easy Pina Colada. The best part of this recipe is you only need 4 ingredients not including ice. You won’t be using any of those pre-made mixes that usually give you a fake taste.
This is what you will need:
- cream of coconut
- pineapple juice
- frozen pineapple chunks
- Fresh pineapple chunks and maraschino cherries for garnish
Using frozen pineapple in this drink allows for less ice and more flavor and a less watered down drink.
How to make Pina Colada
- In a blender, combine frozen pineapple, rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and a few pieces of ice.
- Blend until smooth.
- If needed, add additional frozen pineapple or ice for a thicker consistency, or thin out with a splash of pineapple juice.
- Garnish with fresh pineapple chunks and maraschino cherries.
Garnish your Pina Colada
So part of the fun of these drinks when you go to the Island’s are all the garnish’s they use. Sometimes you can even get these Pina coladas in real coconuts! You can bet if they come in a real coconut I’m getting it!
But when we are at home that’s not happening. But you will use some fresh cut pineapple slices and maraschino cherries. You could also use a lime wedge or a fresh sprig of mint if you choose. And I have a stash of fancy pants umbrella’s too. Add a colorful straw and it will be as close as you can get to paradise but you’ll be at home.
Tips For Making Pina Coladas
- Use the cream of coconut for coconut milk for an even creamier texture in your Pina Colada. Both have the coconut flavoring that you’re looking for and can easily be interchanged. You can use coconut milk if you like a lighter cocktail.
- If your drink melts a bit, don’t fret. Just stir and continue to enjoy. Since you’re adding minimal ice, as long as you stir as it melts, you shouldn’t have issues with it tasting water-downed.
- To make your drink really festive and fun, add some of those cute little drink umbrellas! Nothing says a party like a colorful umbrella in your cocktail!
Can I make Pina Coladas ahead of time?
Yes, you sure can! All you do is blend all of the ingredients together except for the frozen pineapple chunks and ice, and keep in an airtight container in the fridge. You can store it for several days until you are ready to blend them up.
Then to make the frozen Pina Coladas, combine the refrigerated mix with frozen pineapple and ice in the blender. Mix away and you will have a delicious frothy frozen treat.
This simple drink recipe makes the perfect cocktail for one so make certain to double or triple it for your family and friends. You’ll find that this easy pineapple and rum drink recipe is a great way to beat the heat or to warm up your tastebuds during the winter months of the year when you’re wishing you were at the beach.
Have fun creating this tasty Pina Colada recipe because it’s an easy way to feel like a real bartender at home. Just get out your blender and you’ll be enjoying a taste in about two short minutes of time!
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A refreshing and so easy Pina colada cocktail that is always a big hit. The perfect tropical drink that is super easy to make.
- 3 oz. rum
- 2 oz. cream of coconut
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 cup ice
- Fresh pineapple chunks and maraschino cherries for garnish
In a blender, combine frozen pineapple, rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and a few pieces of ice. Blend until smooth.
If needed, add additional frozen pineapple or ice for a thicker consistency, or thin out with a splash of pineapple juice.
Garnish with fresh pineapple chunks and maraschino cherries.