Created on July 24, 2023

Introducing the pina colada, the dreamy tropical cocktail that takes you straight to the beach! A hit of the '50s, the pina colada hails from sunny Puerto Rico and goes by other names like the "Tropical Dream" or "Island Nectar."

Refreshing frozen pina colada in a hurricane glass by the pool, with pineapple garnish


  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 2 Ounces Coconut Cream
  • 4 Ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Pineapple Slice (garnish)
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry (garnish)


  1. Add the Rum, Coconut Cream, and Pineapple Juice to a blender with 1 cup of ice.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the drink into a Hurricane glass.
  4. Garnish with a Pineapple Slice and a Cherry.
  5. Enjoy!

Tips For Making A Pina Colada

  • For a creamier texture, replace some ice with frozen pineapple.

  • Play around with the amount of ice to get the texture that's right for you.

  • Fresh pineapple juice really brings this drink to the next level, if you have some on hand.

  • If you want to boost that coconut flavor, you can use a coconut rum, such as Malibu, instead of a traditional white rum.

What Does A Piña Colada Taste Like?

The Piña Colada is a sweet, creamy, and tropical cocktail. The pineapple brings a tart and fruity flavor, complemented by the creamy richness of the coconut, with some warmth from the rum.

Piña Colada Ingredients

The Piña Colada is a blissful blend of light rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream. The light rum adds a subtle sweetness. A clean, crisp variety works best.

Best Rum For A Pina Colada

For Piña Coladas, a light rum like Bacardi Superior is ideal. It's smooth, subtle, and lets the tropical flavors shine. Its light profile doesn't overpower the pineapple and coconut.

History Of The Piña Colada

Created in the mid-1950s in Puerto Rico, the Piña Colada quickly became a symbol of relaxation and island paradise. Its name translates to "strained pineapple", a nod to its key ingredient.

It shot to fame through the 1979 hit song "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" and has remained a popular beach and resort staple to this day.