|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 15g||20%|
|Saturated Fat 13g||64%|
|Total Carbohydrate 133g||48%|
|Dietary Fiber 17g||62%|
|*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.|
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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Gather the ingredients.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake well, for at least 30 seconds.
Garnish with the pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.
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.
- Try an aged or flavored rum (either commercial or a homemade infusion). Coconut rum is an obvious choice, but other fruits can work just as well.
- If you prefer vodka, pour it instead of the rum. To add flavor, try either coconut or pineapple vodkas, or a combination of the two.
- Brandy is used in the frozen kappa colada, and it's a great alternative in the shaken drink.
- For a virgin version of the piña colada, skip the rum and shake 4 ounces of pineapple juice with 2 ounces of cream of coconut.
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!