The Piña Colada is a classic sweet, coconutty cocktail synonymous with warm tropical beaches, Caribbean cruises, and, of course, that infectious 1970s tune about getting caught in the rain. You know which one I’m talking about.
Depending on who you believe, the fruity Piña Colada was invented either by a hotel bartender or a 19th century Caribbean pirate. In either case, all signs point to the Piña Colada’s originating in Puerto Rico, where it became the national cocktail in 1978. One year later, Rupert Holmes would release his worldwide hit song “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” forever cementing this tropical cocktail’s place anywhere there’s sun, beaches, and booze.
The Piña Colada’s refreshingly sweet coconutty creaminess blends perfectly with tart, tropical pineapple flavor.
There are many variations on the Piña Colada so feel free to experiment.
- If you’re really into coconut, substitute white rum with coconut rum, like Malibu.
- Replacing white rum with vodka makes a Chi Chi or a Vodka Colada. In fact, cream of coconut and pineapple with anything will turn it into some kind of colada—amaretto colada, Kahlua colada, Midori Colada, etc. When bartenders start getting calls for bacon coladas then we may have gone too far.
- Squeeze in a lime or two for an additional tart fruity kick.
- For a little textural contrast, substitute pineapple juice for pineapple chunks. Blending the pineapple beforehand may be helpful, as you will likely need less ice.
- Add ½ oz Blue Curacao for a coconutty version of the Blue Hawaiian.
- Serve in a hollow pineapple instead of a hurricane glass if you’re going all in on the tropical thing. You can probably skip the pineapple garnish.
Piña Coladas are synonymous with warm weather, blue ocean, and tropical surroundings. There’s no rule saying you can’t drink them at an Aspen ski resort, but you might get some funny looks at the lodge.
- Warm weather/outdoor activities: Whether, boating, grilling, or just sitting on the porch. Come on man, it’s a booze-filled smoothie!
- Hosting parties: Especially outdoor or tropical theme parties. The Piña Colada brings the fun, relaxing spirit of being on vacation to any event. Save time by making a large batch beforehand, blending and serving as needed.
- For/with dessert: A sweet and pleasant way to end a good meal.
- After dinner: when you’re finished eating but not finished partying.
Garth Brooks famously sang “bring me two Piña Coladas, one for each hand,” but you should always remember to always enjoy responsibly!
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