26 Piña Colada Cocktail Recipes to try to Like It Even More

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One of the most famous drinks, mostly seen, heard or mentioned in movies and songs: Piña Colada. A true tropical classic that is the ultimate drink to have by the beach or in a cruise ship. There’s something about piña coladas that just makes you feel sophisticated and relaxed. The perfect balance between rum, coconut and pineapple really is the answer as to why this drink is an all-time favorite. And the cool thing about it is you can’t just enjoy it on big and fancy occasions but also at home when you have all the things you need. Some drinks receive recognition and at some point, they lose that recognition and fade out. The same cannot be said about piña coladas though because it doesn’t seem to lose its touch. 


This classic cocktail originated in Puerto Rico way back in 1954 by a bartender named Ramón "Monchito" Marrero at the Caribe Hilton Hotel. It is said that his inspiration for this drink was the essence and nature of Puerto Rico. It even gained worldwide popularity when a song was made with its name on it, “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes in 1979.The National Piña Colada Day is celebrated every July 10th. Piña coladas have many different forms that you can try as well. As good as this classic drink gets, there are other combinations of ingredients that make a good variant. As the song says, “If you like piña coladas and gettin’ caught in the rain”, try these other variations and tell us which one is your favorite. 

 

Piña Colada Variations

1.Classic Piña Colada

The original recipe calls for three simple ingredients: white rum, pineapple juice and cream of coconut. It can be made in two ways: either blended or shaken. Most prefer the blended version but if you want to be convenient, you can also choose the shaken version. 


Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. In a blender, pour in all the ingredients. 
  2. Add ice cubes. You can also swap out a couple of ice cubes with frozen pineapple chunks to enhance the flavor. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into a Poco Grande glass
  4. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and cherry. You can also put a tiny umbrella to add fancy effects. 


2. Mango Piña Colada

A pineapple with a friend is a great combination and that friend is mango. The mango adds more fruity flavors to the drink given that mango is juicy and naturally sweet and it really goes well with the tangy taste of the pineapple. 

Ingredients:


Instructions to Make: 

  1. Grab a juicer and extract juices from the pineapple and mango separately. Measure them out using a jigger
  2. In a shaker, pour in all the ingredients. Fill with ice and shake. 
  3. Fill a hurricane glass with ice cubes. Strain and pour the mixture into the glass.

3. Chocolate Colada

Chocolate is very indulgent so it’s only understandable if it’s added to a fruit cocktail. Not only does it have a chocolatey taste that everybody loves, but it really is taking the piña colada experience to a whole new level. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make: 

  1. Grab the coconut and break it in half. Save the water. 
  2. Scrape the coconut with a coconut scraper and gather all the meat. (The meat is just what’s required in this recipe so you can drink the coconut water if you like). 
  3. Put the coconut meat in a blender and add water. Blend very well. 
  4. Use a cheesecloth to strain the coconut milk. Refrigerate it.
  5. Add all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth
  6. Pour the mixture into a rounded glass. Shave some chocolate for garnish. 

4. Banana Colada 

Banana - one of the most beloved fruits in the world as they are easy to eat, abundant and packed with nutrients. It's only right to add it into an iconic drink such as the piña colada because it blends very well and it deserves it.  

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make: 

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender. Blend very well. 
  2. Pour it into a pilsner glass. Garnish with a cherry and pineapple wedge. 

5. Ciroc Piña Colada

Pretty much like the original recipe but the star here is the ciroc summer colada. And aside from pineapple, there are also strawberries to keep it company. It’s pretty and delicious. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make: 

  1. In a blender, blend the frozen strawberries and ciroc with a little bit of ice. Set aside.
  2. Clean out blender and blend the pineapple juice, fresh pineapple, and cream of coconut with ice. 
  3. Grab the strawberry mixture and pour it into a highball glass half full. Fill the other half with the pineapple mixture. 
  4. Top it with whipped cream and garnish with a pineapple wedge and strawberry. 

6. Piña Kaleada

This is more of a play on the piña colada recipe. It doesn’t involve any alcohol whatsoever but it has kale in it, which the name was derived from. This is a healthy smoothie that offers a lot of benefits since it’s made with natural flavors and fresh ingredients. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make: 

  1. In a blender, put all the ingredients and blend well.
  2. Pour the mixture in a poco grande glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge. 

7. Piña Colada Float

Take your summer to a whole new level by celebrating with a refreshing piña colada float. Sure, a piña colada is great but add ice cream on top and you are sure to beat the heat. 

Ingredients:


Instructions to Make: 

  1. Cut the pineapple in half and cut the crown off. Scrape the insides using a scooper. Don’t make the sides too thin, leave some pineapple meat to make the vessel firm. Set aside.
  2. Mash the scraped pineapple through a mesh strainer with a pestle to extract the juice. 
  3. To the juice, add the rum and cream of coconut. Mix with a whisk.
  4. Get your pineapple cups and scoop 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream each into it.
  5. Pour in the mixture three quarters of the way. Then, top with lemon lime soda.
  6. Garnish with cherries, pineapple wedges and the pineapple crown. 

8. Chi Chi Drink

With a glimpse, you’ll probably notice that piña colada recipe is the same with chi chi’s, but then you’ll realize that they differ in one ingredient. While the former uses rum, the latter uses vodka. The chi chi can also be blended or shaken. It is usually just a shake and pour drink in contrast to piña colada that is usually blended. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make: 

  1. Measure all ingredients using a jigger and then pour them in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well.
  2. Strain the mixture into a rounded glass filled with ice. 
  3. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

9. Amaretto Colada

Another cousin of the piña colada and chi chi, the amaretto colada’s alcohol is obviously amaretto. Amaretto has a strong walnut flavor and it compliments the pineapple and coconut really well, making it competent among its cousins. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. Measure ingredients with a jigger. 
  2. In a blender add all the ingredients and ice. Blend very well. 
  3. Pour the contents into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice. 

10. Barbados Rum Punch

A blend of fruit and spice works perfectly together and a kick of the lime balances the sweetness out. One sip of this will make you think that you’re on the island itself and sailing through the Caribbean. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. In a pitcher, pour in the pineapple coconut juice, lime juice and gold rum. Stir with a bar spoon and chill it in the fridge. 
  2. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour the mixture ¾ full. Top with ginger ale. Stir. 

11. Lava Flow

This is the kind of lava you’ll love and not get scared of. But like the real lava, this one is also mesmerizing. Packed with fruits and contains a very tropical taste. Its appearance shows swirls of red or the “lava” with a pale yellow background. 

Ingredients:

For the strawberry mixture:

For the pineapple mixture:

Instructions to Make:

  1. For the strawberry mix, add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside. 
  2. Clean out blender and add the ingredients for the pineapple mix and blend until smooth. 
  3. In a cooler glass, pour the strawberry mix at an angle about a quarter of the way. Then, pour the pineapple mix the same way as the strawberry, also a quarter of the way. Do this alternately until the glass is full. 
  4. If you want to have more swirls, swirl the mixture with a straw.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple chunk and serve with a straw

12. Kiwi Colada

If you wanna step things up on your regular piña colada, try replacing the pineapple with kiwi. The kiwi gives the drink a cool green hue and a tangy flavor. It’s bright, sweet and certainly a delectable treat. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Bacardi Mixers Piña Colada
  • 1 Cup Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 2 Kiwis
  • 1/4 Cup Lime Juice
  • 2 Cups of Ice
  • Kiwi wheel (for garnish)

Instructions to Make:

  1. In a blender, add in the mixer and rum. 
  2. Peel the kiwis and add to the blender. Add lime juice and ice.Blend on high until smooth. 
  3. Pour the mixture into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a kiwi wheel. 

13. Virgin Piña Colada

Piña coladas are the ideal summertime drink and who said that kids can’t enjoy them? Newsflash: they absolutely can with a virgin piña colada. It’s just as good as the real thing and if can’t tolerate alcohol, you can also try this version instead. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. In a blender, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. 
  2. Pour the mixture into a cocktail glass
  3. Stick the garnishes together to a toothpick and put on top of the drink. Serve with a straw

14. Piña Colada Mojito

Mojitos and piña coladas are two very different drinks but to incorporate them will give you a fresh perspective about beverages. This drink is actually a mojito but with the flavors of a piña colada. Given that the preparation is that of a mojito, it gives the drink a very fresh taste and it is absolutely a refreshing and minty drink. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. Peel pineapple and slice it. Chop 3 slices into chunks.
  2. Cut lime in half and remove the seeds. Slice one half into thin slices. 
  3. Combine sliced pineapple, sliced lime, mint leaves and sugar in a pitcher. Muddle with a pestle to extract juices.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a highball glass. Squeeze the other half lime. Add coconut rum and stir with a bar spoon
  5. Add ice cubes to the glass and fill with seltzer until the glass is full. Stir again with a bar spoon. 
  6. Garnish with pineapple slice.

15. Angostura Colada

The angostura colada is a modern cocktail. It is somewhat a combination of a Trinidad sour and a piña colada. It is also one of the favorite drinks to serve in Tiki bars because of the burst of flavors from the bitters, fruit and everything else. 


Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. Measure all ingredients using a jigger
  2. In a shaker, add lime juice, coconut cream, pineapple juice, rum and bitters. Add a little bit of crush ice to dilute the mixture. Shake for about 10 seconds. 
  3. Pour the mixture into a grande wine glass. Add ice until it reaches the top of the glass. 
  4. Garnish with orange slice and pineapple leaf and serve with a straw

16. Keto Piña Colada

If you’re working hard on your diet and you don’t want to ruin it but at the same time want to indulge a bit, don’t worry, here’s a solution for you. Try this keto version of piña colada. It doesn’t have too much sugar in it but it’s just as good and it doesn’t violate your diet rules you can also enjoy. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. Rim a footed iced tea glass with the keto simple syrup prepared and then dip it in the coconut flakes. Garnish the glass with pineapple slice. 
  2. In a blender, add pineapple syrup, rum, coconut milk and ice. Blend on high for about 10 seconds. 
  3. Pour mixture into the prepared glass. 

17. Blue Hawaiian

Nothing is more pleasing to the eyes than a blue drink because its color goes really well on the premise that it is in fact, cold. The blue hawaiian is a classic tiki drink that puts a nice twist on a piña colada which is the blue curacao, adding the cool blue and enhancing the flavors. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. Measure ingredients using a jigger. 
  2. Add ice, coconut cream, rum, juice and blue curacao into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour contents into a chilled highball glass. Garnish with pineapple and cherry flag. 

18. Piña Colada Pineapple Cups

Usually, piña coladas are served in poco grande glasses, but it would be adorable to serve them in the vessel that they’re made of. The recipe calls for the same ingredients with added ones and really, the differing point here is the matter of presentation, which also adds aesthetics to the drink. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. Cut the top of the pineapple. Using a pineapple corer, remove the insides and finish off the middle part with a knife. This will be the vessel or the cup.
  2. Cut the pineapple fruit into chunks and then freeze them for 2 hours. 
  3. Take your frozen pineapples, along with the coconut cream, rum, and Malibu and add them to a blender
  4. Cut the lime in half. Using a squeezer, squeeze the juice out and add into the blender. 
  5. Blend until smooth. 
  6. Pour mixture into the pineapple cup and garnish with a cherry, tiny umbrella and straw

19. Piña Colada Mimosa

Mimosa are fancy looking drinks that are perfect for brunch and it is an amazing thing to incorporate the flavors of the classic piña colada to it. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. Put sugar on a plate. Rim your flute glass with a pineapple wedge and dip it into the sugar. 
  2. Pour pineapple juice and coconut rum into glass. 
  3. Top with prosecco. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a cherry. 

20. Firecracker Piña Colada

The name sounds exciting and so is the visuals. This layered drink features a strawberry and pineapple mixture that is quite similar to the lava flow and the ciroc piña colada, the difference though, lies in the blue curacao. With its colors and the name, this drink is ideal for 4th of July celebrations. 

Ingredients:

For the strawberry mix:

 For the pineapple mix:

Instructions to Make:

  1. Add frozen strawberries and coconut rum into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour half of it into a hurricane glass. Keep the other half.
  2.  Clean out blender. Put all ingredients needed for the pineapple mix into the blender and blend until smooth.
  3. To have control, use a spoon to scoop the blue mixture into the glass. This is done to create the layer. Fill the glass almost full. 
  4. Top with whipped cream and garnish with cherry. Serve with umbrella straw. 

21. Strawberry Piña Colada

A combination of tangy and sweet fruits such as strawberries and pineapple never disappoints. The natural fruit flavors just boost the taste of the drink with the alcohol giving it a perfect kick. This strawberry piña colada is definitely worth sharing.  

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. Cut the top of the pineapple. Save the top for garnishing. 
  2. Using a pineapple corer or a knife, remove the insides of the pineapple so it will be hollow. The fruit will serve as the container for the drink.
  3. Cut the pineapple fruit into chunks. 
  4. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend very well. 
  5. Pour mixture into the pineapple cup. Garnish with strawberries and the pineapple top.  

22. Piña Colada Sangría

On a hot summer day, you’re longing for a nice thirst-quenching drink. Your search is over because the piña colada sangría comes to the rescue. As easy as this drink is to make, it is also as amazing and will definitely end your worries. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. In a pitcher, combine all ingredients and stir.
  2. Refrigerate overnight. But, if you’re serving right away, just add ice to the glasses.
  3. Serve in a highball glass and garnish with pineapple wedge and cherries. 

23. Berry Piña Colada

Berries are the cutest looking fruits with the adorable names. These too are not left out at the piña colada party. They are packed with nutrients, are juicy and tart and add a nice sweetness to the drink. 

 Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. In a blender, put all the ingredients and blend on high for 10 seconds or until smooth. 
  2. Pour mixture into a rounded glass. Stick a blueberry, blackberry, raspberry and a sprig of sage with a toothpick and garnish to the glass.  

24. Midori Piña Colada

Piña coladas are pale yellow from the pineapples. Then, there’s already a red one from the strawberry version and the blue from the blue curacao, as well as purple from the mixed berries version. Green is certainly not left out of the picture. Try a green piña colada using the exciting taste of Midori. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. Measure ingredients with a jigger. Put all of them in a blender and blend until smooth. 
  2. Pour mixture into a hurricane glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge and cherry. 

25. Key Lime Colada 

Have you ever eaten a delicious key lime pie? Have you considered drinking it? Not in a way that you blend the pie up and drink it, that’s silly. There is a combination of magnificent ingredients that’ll transform this great dessert into a great drink that gives the delicious tart flavors of the iconic citrus fruits. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 
  2. Pour mixture into a footed iced tea glass and garnish with a lime slice and cherry. 

26. Patron Colada

If you like the smooth taste of tequila, then you would be pleased to know that you can add it to a piña colada and get yourself a smooth concoction. Don’t worry, it’s not bitter at all because you get all that sweetness from the pineapple juice. 

Ingredients:

Instructions to Make:

  1. Put all ingredients in a shaker. Shake for about 10 seconds. 
  2. Strain and pour drink into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with pineapple wedge and cherry.

Pineapple Whiskey Sour Recipe

Pineapple is the ideal fruit in a piña colada, but did you know that there are other kinds of drinks that also features pineapples? The pineapple whiskey sour, for example. Check out the recipe here!


Kitchen Hack: Make Fresh Whipped Cream In Less Than 30 Seconds

Some of the recipes above make use of whipped cream as a topping for the drink. It’s undeniable that whipped cream makes a drink sweeter and more appealing. Yes, you can buy bottles of whipped cream but you can make whipped cream yourself at home. It’s easier, less expensive and absolutely a fun experience. Here’s a kitchen hack for you. You’re welcome. 


15 Fruity Cocktails to Make Your Ladies' Night In More Exciting

Fruity drinks are indeed refreshing drinks, may they be alcoholic or not. Piña coladas sure are fruity and they tend to be a favorite among the ladies. Besides this, you can also try other fruity drinks that you can enjoy whether at parties or by the beach. They are guaranteed satisfying and thirst-quenching. 


 

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