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Homemade Pina Colada

You don’t NEED to be on vacation on some warm tropical beach to enjoy this cold, creamy, delicious homemade piña colada! Kick back and enjoy some sunshine in a glass, whether it is the peak of summer or you’re still slogging through the winter months.

Piña Colada Recipe

Homemade Pina Colada

Pina Coladas are another one of those things that I discovered much too late in life. I was never really into Pina Coladas, but then I went to Vegas.

We had dinner at Bahama Breeze, (hosted by Mediavine, and what was to be the start of a whirlwind for me) and I ordered this thing of beauty.


My first drink served in a coconut and I was not disappointed.

Well, a little bit when I discovered they left the core in it so less drink for me (whomp whomp), but luckily there were seconds!

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When I got home I KNEW I had to work at making my own version, which is surprisingly REALLY easy.

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Homemade Pina Colada recipe

How to make a pina colada at home

The key to this drink is picking up some good sweetened coconut cream. You can usually find this at most grocery stores or liquor stores. It is packed with coconut flavor and adds enough sweetness to the cocktail to make it a little desserty too.

Homemade Pina Colada

I use this Coco Real Sweetened Coconut Cream.

The Sweetened Coconut Cream is typically kept by the grenadine at the grocery store.

Homemade Pina Colada

What kind of alcohol is best in a piña colada?

Rum is the traditional booze of choice for a pina colada. Specifically, coconut rum like Malibu is commonly used. If you aren’t a fan of rum or don’t have coconut rum on hand, you could substitute any mild-flavored liquor in these successfully. 

They are also really great with a float of dark rum like Meyer’s on top too.

Can you leave out the alcohol and make this kid-friendly?

Yes. This recipe will work just as well with no alcohol in it. If you need to thin things down a bit, toss in some milk, just until it is good and blendable. 

Virgin Pina Coladas are a popular summertime treat, so break these out the next time it gets hot outside! Just remind the kids not to sneak drinks of yours because they might just get more than they bargained for.

What are some good snacks to serve with piña coladas?

I always like to serve some munchies and appetizers when I serve cocktails, to make sure people have something in their stomachs when there is booze involved. Especially booze that tastes like it doesn’t have any booze. These can pack quite the kick if you aren’t prepared for it. 

Some great options would be:

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Or try this Tropical Rum Punch for a fun twist on a summer drink!

Piña Colada Recipe
Yield: 2 servings

Homemade Pina Colada

Homemade Pina Colada

Frosty and delicious homemade pina colada will satisfy all of your needs the next time the heat is getting to you!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 3 tablespoons half and half
  • 1/2 cup white rum


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 459Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 0gSugar: 52gProtein: 2g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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