Pina Colada Drink Recipe

Pina Colada drink recipe
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Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 drink

6.3 g
12 g
0.9 g


  • 1 oz. Rum, white
  • 1 oz. Coconut Milk
  • 3 oz. Pineapple Juice

How to Make It

Add everything into blender with crushed ice. Blend, adding ice until desired consistency is reached. Pour into hurricane glasses and garnish with a pineapple wedge (and/or a cherry), and little umbrellas or a straw.

Pina Colada


References to the Piña Colada recipe can be found as far back as the early 1800's. However, the modern Piña Colada was apparently invented in the 1950's at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to wikipedia. The creator, Ramon "Monchito" Marrero, perfected his recipe after being asked to come up with a new drink for upscale clients of the hotel.

The Piña Colada was designated as the official cocktail of Puerto Rico in 1978, and remains so to this day.


The Piña Colada is an official International Bartenders Association cocktail and remains popular all over the world. It is composed of 1 part light rum, 1 part coconut cream and 3 parts pineapple juice, and is prepared by blending with ice until slushy and smooth. The glass is generally garnished with a pineapple wedge, although a cherry is sometimes used as well.

Preparation tips

Here are some tips to help you make a great Piña Colada.

  • Make sure the blended mixture is smooth. Icy chunks in the glass ruin the experience.
  • Fresh pineapple juice is much better than juice from concentrate. If the juice is too tart, add a small amount of sugar.
  • As with any popular drink, the Pina Colada has spawned many variations, see all our other Colada recipes.

Comments on Pina Colada

  • Zee
    Aug 14th, 2013
    We used coconut syrup in Hawaii for Pina colada and if you add strawberries would be called straw colada.
  • Ana
    May 23rd, 2013
    you can also add pineapple chunks, cream of coconut and you get a thicker consistency
    Mar 29th, 2013
    who cares who invented it just drink it.
  • Alan
    Jul 5th, 2012
    I followed this recipe, but instead of a blender I made it the original way -- shaken over ice and strained. Amazingly delicious! And coconut milk is "real" ... canned cream of coconut has tons of chemicals in it. Time for another one!
  • lovecoconut
    Jun 22nd, 2012
    I would use cream of coconut which is usually found near the mixers and Malibu rum since it's a good coconut flavor.
  • C Manson
    Dec 31st, 2011
  • Kate
    Aug 9th, 2011
    1.5 oz. rum 2 oz. pineapple juice 2 oz. cream of coconut blend with ice.
  • chatru
    Jul 3rd, 2011
    blueberry will also make a gem of addition
  • chatru
    Jul 3rd, 2011
    you can add whisky if no rum is available. Kids will love it.. haha grown up kids
  • George
    Apr 21st, 2011
    I know a recipe with condensed milk. I taste a lot better!
  • arionka
    Dec 17th, 2010
    for kids who like to drink with you use no rum
  • mgaos
    Dec 15th, 2010
    Absolutely not true; the Pina Colada was invented in Puerto Rico by Ramon Marrero in a bar called Barranchina in the Old San Juan as it is officially posted and recognized in a plaque outside of that establishment.
  • Drinker
    Jul 29th, 2010
    Cream of coconut is used not coconut milk, I didn't like it at all with the coconut milk, looked up the recipe and saw it was made with cream of coconut not the milk.
  • loser force 5
    Apr 20th, 2010
    no losers allowed
  • Nov 9th, 2009
    you can add a bit of strawberry down the side of the glass for more flavor

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