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 piña colada.
I love a piña colada for its slightly 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.
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Tool for Making Your 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.
Piña Colada Ingredients
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.
Your blender makes the perfect frothy consistency.
- 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!
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.
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!