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Pretty Perfect Piña Colada for Summer

Want the perfect cocktail for summer? Try this pretty perfect Piña Colada for a refreshing island taste.

If you can’t go to the beach this summer, a cool, frothy drink that evokes an island vibe will be the next best thing. We are getting deep into summer and I can’t think of a better summer beverage for sipping by the pool than a pretty perfect piña colada.

What makes a piña colada so good?

It’s got that coconut flavor that evokes beach life. Pineapple makes you think you are on a tropical island.

It makes you think you are on the beach.

It’s frosty and slushy and cold ~ watch out for the brain freeze!

I love a piña colada for its slight coconut flavor and its texture ~ kind of like a slurpie for grown~ups.

Pretty Perfect Piña Colada for Summer

National Piña Colada Day is on July 10th, so you will have this recipe ready to celebrate one of the best tropical cocktails ever. A little rum never hurt.

Sweet Shark makes this version several times during the summer as we relax by the pool.

Jimmy Buffet was playing on the stereo.

Pretty Perfect Piña Colada


You will need a blender to make a piña colada. I love my Waring Blender; it has a powerful motor, can be put in the dishwasher, and even crushes ice. If you are in the market for a new blender, I recommend not spending money on ones with multiple speeds. It’s not necessary. All you need is high, low, and off. I’ve had mine for years and it is still going strong.

Pretty Perfect Piña Colada


A little cream of coconut, a little rum, and a little pineapple juice are your basic ingredients for a piña colada. The little cans of pineapple juice are just right for making a piña colada.

Ice is added to the blender to create the characteristic frothy texture. Coco Lopez is the most popular brand of cream of coconut, but we also use Coco Real.

According to its website, Coco Lopez is “the original and reigning champ of Cream of Coconut, a delicious cream made from the tender meat of sun~ripened Caribbean coconuts and blended with the exact portion of natural cane sugar. This product is ideal for tropical drinks and desserts!”

There is a recipe for a Piña Colada on the jar of CocoReal,  but Sweet Shark has tweaked it to create a stronger better drink.

Pretty Perfect Piña Colada

Your blender makes the perfect frothy consistency.

Pretty Perfect Piña Colada
Pretty Perfect Piña Colada
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4.50 from 2 votes

Pina Colada

Delicious, frothy cocktail with the taste of coconut, pineapple and rum.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Tropical
Keyword: pina colada, summer cocktail, summer drink
Servings: 1 drink


  • blender


  • 2 ounces Barcardi rum
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 3 ounces cream of coconut, such as Coco Lopez or Coco Real


  • Add all the ingredients to your blender.
  • Add 2 cups of ice and process on low~medium speed to desired consistency.
  • Turn blender speed up to high for a few seconds to finish cocktail.
  • Pour into a glass and garnish with a cherry, pineapple slice and an umbrella.

Every piña colada needs an umbrella!

Pretty Perfect Piña Colada

The day was perfect. The piña colada was perfect. And pretty.

For extra measure, wear your Jimmy Buffet t~shirt. It makes the piña colada taste better. Trust me on that.

Pretty Perfect Piña Colada

I used this piña colada with an added twist as my drink of the day for a girlfriends’ Mediterranean lunch. Be sure to visit for the other version, the menu, and a great appetizer menu.

I hope you enjoy this pretty perfect piña colada. Save it for the next time you want a cold tropical drink. And don’t forget the umbrella!

Pretty Perfect Piña Colada
Pretty Perfect Piña Colada
Pretty Perfect Piña Colada

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  1. Hi Carol, I just love me a Pina Colada and Jimmy Buffet lol sounds like you guys had the perfect day! I’ll have give your recipe a try at our next summer get together! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at #SimplifyWednesdays … I hope to see you back next week … until then have a beautiful weekend!

    1. Carla, thanks so much. Glad to have found your link party. Please join Your Inspired Designs every Thursday at 7:00.

  2. I love Pina Coladas and Jimmy Buffet – living in Florida, have a cool drink and watch the sunset is big on everyone’s activities.

  3. 5 stars
    Carol, this recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it this weekend! Thanks! Have a great rest of the week!

  4. 4 stars
    I have never made a pina colada before but this recipe seems so very simple to recreate and enjoy. Great new recipe to try out on these hot summer nights. Thanks for sharing this week at #HomeMattersParty

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