Piña Colada

Two pina coladas with pineapple and cherry garnish

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
762 Calories
15g Fat
133g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 762
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 19mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 133g 48%
Dietary Fiber 17g 62%
Protein 7g
Calcium 131mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

You don't need a blender to mix up a delicious piña colada. For this recipe, all you need is a cocktail shaker, some ice, and three simple ingredients. With its tempting mix of rum, pineapple, and coconut, the piña colada is the ideal summer beverage. If you need a little motivation to shake one up, Rupert Holmes's 1979 hit, "Escape" (aka "The Piña Colada Song"), is sure to put you in the spirit.

Unlike the margarita and daiquiri, the shaken recipe is a more recent adaptation of the original frozen piña colada from the 1950s. Both versions are excellent tropical rum drinks, and it's nice to have the blender-free option. While you can buy a ready-to-drink piña colada mix, this fresh recipe makes a better-tasting drink and is just as easy.


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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Pina Colada
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  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

    Pina colada ingredients.
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  3. Shake well, for at least 30 seconds.

  4. Strain into a chilled mason jar or collins glass. Alternatively, it will fill one large or two small cocktail glasses.

    Pina colada in a mason jar.
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  5. Garnish with the pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.

    Homemade pina colada cocktails.
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  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • Since rum is the only liquor, pour a good, quality rum. This is a fantastic cocktail that is made even better if it begins with a good base.
  • Fresh pineapple juice is recommended. The average pineapple weighs 2 to 5 pounds, and yields about 6 ounces of juice per pound with an electric juicer.
  • Without a juicer, crush 1 cup of pineapple chunks in the shaker using a muddler before shaking the drink.
  • Shake it like you mean it! When thoroughly shaken, the drink should be creamy with a luscious foam from the pineapple.

Cream of Coconut vs. Coconut Cream

The various coconut creams available can be confusing. There is coconut milk, coconut cream, and cream of coconut, and it's important to know the difference when you want to make a great shaken piña colada.

  • Cream of coconut is the best choice. It is richer and thicker than the other options and has sugar added, so it blends nicely with the rum and creates a creamy cocktail.
  • Coconut cream is sold separately, or it can also be skimmed off the top of canned coconut milk. This cream has less water than coconut milk but isn't as sweet as the cream of coconut. It makes a decent piña colada.
  • Cartons of coconut milk are a popular alternative to dairy milk. It would a good option in a blended piña colada, but is a little too runny for the shaken drink.

Recipe Variations

How Strong Is the Piña Colada?

This piña colada recipe is pretty average. It's not the lightest drink, nor is it the strongest cocktail you can make. With an 80 proof rum, the alcohol content is a reasonable 13 percent ABV (26 proof). It's similar to a glass of wine, only far more delicious!