You don’t NEED to be on vacation on some warm tropical beach to enjoy this. Have a homemade pina colada, and kick back and enjoy wherever you happen to be!
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, and 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.
It was AMAZING.
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!
When I got home I KNEW I had to work at making my own version, which is surprisingly REALLY easy.
How to make a homemade pina colada
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.
I use this Coco Real Sweetened Coconut Cream. (That’s an amazon link. If you order through that, I’ll earn a teeny tiny commission and you won’t pay any more than you would otherwise. Bonus for everyone! I’d suggest just picking it up at the store though.)
The Sweetened Coconut Cream is typically kept by the grenadine.
What kind of alcohol is best in a pina 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 I leave out the alcohol for the kids?
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 should I make to serve with these cocktails?
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:
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
- Smoked & Fried Chicken Wings
- Grilled Jalapeno Poppers
- Smoked Salmon Dip
- Chicken and Chanterelle Crostini
Thirsty for more? You might like these other drink recipes here on the site:
- 2 cups ice
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup coconut cream
- 3 tablespoons half and half
- 1/2 cup white rum
- Put all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 459 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 46mg Carbohydrates: 57g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 52g Protein: 2g