As Jimmy Buffett will proclaim, there are few drinks as transportive as a piña colada. The vacation-friendly drink mixes rum, coconut, pineapple, and lime juice in a recipe dating back more than a half-century, when it was created by Ramón "Monchito" Marrero at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
If you’re craving a piña colada but aren’t looking forward to the process of cubing pineapple and scooping out coconut meat, a premade mix can serve as an easy solution. Not all mixes are the same, though. There are piña colada mixes for making bartender-level craft cocktails and large-format mixes for adding to slushie machines. There are even piña colada smoothies and single-serve cans for a fun, portable take on the classic resort-favorite drink.
For mixes that are both brimming with tropical flavors and user-friendly enough for the most novice home mixologists, here are the best piña colada mixes—drink umbrella optional.
Best Overall: Coco López Piña Colada Mix
The piña colada is a Puerto Rican cocktail innovation, so it stands to reason that the best piña colada mix currently on the market also hails from Puerto Rico. Coco López, a brand beloved for its rich and flavorful cream of coconut and coconut milk, offers a piña colada mix with a luxuriously creamy texture, bold and bright pineapple and coconut tastes, and a pleasant level of sweetness.
Coco López Piña Colada Mix is packaged in 12-ounce shelf-stable cans with easy-open pull tops, making them easy to transport and easy to keep on-hand at your outdoor bar or in your kitchen cabinet. Also, this mix’s texture and sweetness level work beautifully in baking recipes, so if you need to add pineapple and coconut flavors to a cake or cookie batter, Coco López Piña Colada Mix has you covered.
Price at time of publish: $26
Best for Picnics: Cutwater Spirits Bali Hai Piña Colada
When it comes to serving piña coladas at picnics, the fewer bottles and products you need to schlep around with you, the better. That’s why canned piña coladas that contain both spirits and mixers are an ideal move for al fresco parties. We recommend Cutwater Spirits Bali Hai Piña Colada, a beautifully balanced canned drink from a San Diego distillery committed to making excellent premixed cocktails.
The Bali Hai Piña Colada delivers creamy flavors with a light texture, which makes it perfect for day drinking at a picnic. Notes of vanilla come through clearly, as do the more expected pineapple and coconut flavors. You can enjoy this drink either right out of the can or poured over ice, and it’s sure to pair with any number of picnic snacks and entrees.
Price at time of publish: From $14 for 4 pack
Best Artisanal: Mary’s Mixers Piña Colada Mix
Mary’s Mixers, a Portland, Oregon, company devoted to producing artisanal and organic cocktail mixers, has a piña colada mix in its repertoire that’s made with coconut cream, pineapple juice, and lime juice, totaling 81% of natural ingredients. The result is a piña colada mix that’s fruit-forward without being sugary or cloying.
The company suggests using this mix for frozen piña coladas, but if you prefer a piña colada on the rocks or a straight piña colada, the clean and natural flavors of Mary’s will shine through in any service style.
Price at time of publish: $20
Most Versatile: Monin Piña Colada Smoothie Mix
Monin is best known for making gourmet flavored syrups used in coffee shops and homes around the world. Along those lines, the brand's blender-ready fruit smoothie mix is designed to help whip up cafe-grade fruit smoothies in a snap. It's dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher with no artificial sweeteners or flavors.
This option makes one of the creamiest pre-batched piña coladas available, blending equal parts pineapple and coconut juice. Try it in boozy drink or, alternatively, a mocktail or shake. We recommend blending this mix with fresh bananas to add a hint of fresh fruit flavor.
Price at time of publish: $19
Best Large: Torani Piña Colada Real Smoothie Mix
Best known for producing syrups to infuse lattes and other espresso beverages, San Francisco brand Torani makes a piña colada mix designed for smoothies that’s loaded with real fruit. This 64-ounce jug contains a mixture of coconut puree and pineapple puree, and the jug holds enough mix to serve a party’s worth of piña colada enthusiasts.
If you’re a fan of pineapple-forward piña colada, then the Torani mix will suit your preferences, as reviewers claim that it has more upfront pineapple flavor than coconut flavor. When blended with ice and your favorite rum, it results in a lively and bright piña colada perfect for a sweltering summer day.
Price at time of publish: $29
Best for Cocktail Lovers: Casamigos Casa Colada Cocktail Mix
Casamigos is a tequila brand, so it may seem odd to see them on a list of the best piña colada mixes. Nevertheless, the Casamigos team produces a cocktail mixer brimming with classic piña colada flavors, but presented in an elegant and versatile way.
This cocktail mixer includes cream of coconut, pineapple juice, lime juice, cane sugar, and cinnamon. The cinnamon gives it a spicy undertone that perfectly complements the fruit flavors and citrusy zing, and the cane sugar offers a gentle sweetness that ties the whole profile together. For a twist on a traditional piña colada, take Casamigos’ advice and blend Casa Colada with tequila instead of rum. But if you’d rather go with a standard rum piña colada, this mix can also deliver on that front.
Price at time of publish: $22 for Single
Best for Mocktails: Naked Juice Pina Colada
This juice brand, a supermarket staple, is known for its pre-bottled smoothies and juices, and it has its own version of a non-alcoholic piña colada. This bottle combines pineapples, apples, bananas, creamy coconut milk, and juicy orange for a fruity, island-ready smoothie.
A big draw of this option is it's designed to be delicious without alcohol, and naturally so. There are no saccharine flavors—just fresh fruit and creamy coconut milk. It's a great option for those craving a piña colada, but want to skip the alcohol. Each drink has 310 calories and no added sugar.
Price at time of publish: From $5 for 15.2oz Bottle
What to Look for When Buying Piña Colada Mixes
Rum, coconut, and pineapple are the main ingredients that make up these refreshing tropical drinks. Some mixes have additives—preservatives or sweeteners—to help make them shelf stable, and these can change up the taste, so make sure to check the labels when looking at these mixes. The taste that is enjoyed so much when in the islands is from the real pineapple juice and coconuts, so keep that in mind if you want a piña colada that is closest to the real thing.
Mixes are not all the same. There are a variety of flavors, as you will find when you're looking for the right mix for you. Try some out and select the one that reminds you the most of those tropical breezes and ocean waves.
If you are planning on having a drink or two yourself with one other person, single-serving cans or smaller bottles work well. For multiple people, grab a larger bottle to mix up a big batch in the blender. An open bottle of mixer will last in the fridge for a few months but will take up space that you might need for other items.
How do you make a piña colada with a piña colada mix?
Making these refreshing drinks with a mix is a breeze. All you do is add your favorite rum, then add your own finishing touch, such as a slice of orange for a garnish, or some like to tweak it with a splash of fresh lime juice. These drinks are great if you make the mix with a light rum and and then add a shot of dark rum on the top.
How do you make frozen piña coladas with piña colada mixes?
Just grab a blender. To make a frozen piña colada: measure out the mix and rum, and add about 2 cups of ice, then blend. Stop at the consistency you prefer, whether it is chunky or smooth.
Can you drink piña colada mixes by themselves?
If you would like a nonalcoholic, aka virgin, piña colada, then yes, enjoy it as a mocktail—you can drink it straight from the bottle or can.
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Kate Dingwall is a sommelier and spirits writer. She has been writing about the bar and spirits world for five years and has her BarSmarts and WSET certification.
Taylor Tobin, who updated this article, is a wine and beverage journalist with bylines in publications like Wine Enthusiast, VinePair, Eater, and Wine4Food. An avid fan of blended cocktails, she takes a special trip to Rockaway Beach, New York, every year to enjoy her favorite piña colada at Connolly’s Bar, and the high quality of this particular rendition makes her firmly believe that piña coladas deserve to be taken seriously in the beverage arena.
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