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!
Preparing the Garnishes (Optional)
- Chill Glassware: Traditionally, piña coladas use hurricane glasses, but any tall, 16-ounce glassware will work. Place it in the fridge or freezer.
- Pineapple 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.
- Pineapple Skin: Cut the outer skin off. Rinse, then cut into 1/4-inch strips.
- Pineapple Wedges: Cut the peeled 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.
- Cherries: 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.
Making the Piña Colada
- Diced Pineapple: Core three quarters of a pineapple and cut into 1-inch chunks. If you like, you can freeze the leftovers.
- Shake: Be sure to shake the pineapple juice and the cream of coconut well before you start.
- Blend: 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.)
- Garnish & Serve: 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 more coconut flavor, use Coco Real cream of coconut.
- 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