Ready for paradise? Whip up this easy tropical drink for kids of all ages to enjoy at your next party. Cream of coconut, crushed pineapple, and pineapple juice mixed with ice is so refreshing on a hot day. Whether you are sitting on the beach or just wishing for a vacay to the tropics, one sip of this classic drink will transport you to the islands. Enjoy this simple recipe today!
For the Piña Colada
- 1/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup cream of coconut, (Coco Real: Cream of Coconut Drink Mix)
- 1 cup crushed ice
For the Garnish
- pineapple wedge
- maraschino cherry with stem
- pineapple leaves
Preparing the Garnishes (Optional)
- Optional: chill or freeze your glassware. Traditionally, piña coladas use hurricane glasses, but any tall, 16-ounce glassware will do.
- To prepare the leaves, cut off the top of the pineapple. Take the nicest, smaller leaves out to use as a garnish, or keep some larger leaves and make them smaller with a knife.
- Make a garnish from the skin by cutting the outer skin off. Rinse then cut into 1/4 inch strips and place in a bowl.
- To make wedges for the rim of the glass, cut the skinned pineapple in quarters lengthwise. Cut triangular wedges from one of the quarters, then round out the top edge with a knife if needed. Make a small slit with a knife near the point so it can rest on the rim of a glass. Place the extra wedges in a bowl.
- Core the remaining three quarters and cut into one inch chunks. If you like, you can freeze the leftovers.
- Select some pretty cherries with stems. Make a small slit at the base, so the cherry can sit securely on the edge of the glass. Put the cherries in a small bowl.
Making the Piña Colada
- Shake the pineapple juice and the cream of coconut before using.
- Put the pineapple chunks, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and crushed ice in a blender. Pulse until smooth. (If your blender isn’t powerful, you can crush your ice first in the blender, then remove the ice and make the drink as described.)
- Pour into a glass and garnish with a wedge of fruit, maraschino cherry, pineapple leaves and/or pineapple skin strips. Insert a straw, preferably red and white, and enjoy.
- For a creamy, thicker piña colada that has a more dominant coconut taste, use the brand Coco Real drink mix.
- Want the pineapple taste to shine through more than the coconut? Use Coco Lopez for a thinner piña colada.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: non alcoholic piña colada, virgin piña colada