Today we’re making a velvety smooth pina colada on the rocks using pineapple juice, coconut milk, rum and a squeeze of lime.
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With summer just a few weeks away, I’ve been brainstorming all kinds of fun iced beverages. I’ve been on a real bubbly water kick (I know, I’m late to the game). But when it comes to alcoholic drinks, this summer is all about fruit for me.
A pina colada on the rocks takes all the tropical flavors from a classic blended pina colada and introduces a velvety smooth texture over ice.
The result is a cocktail that just might transport you to a beach in Puerto Rico if you close your eyes on a hot summer day and take a sip.
How to make it
Making a pina colada on the rocks couldn’t be easier.
Start with a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker, then add pineapple juice (100% juice is preferred), coconut milk, your favorite rum and a squeeze of lime.
Shake things up a bit before pouring over ice and topping with a juicy maraschino cherry.
Coconut milk in cocktails
It’s worth noting that your average can of coconut milk may not produce the best result in this recipe.
For whatever reason, coconut milk in a can tends to separate the fat and liquid. This can result in a less than desirable consistency to drink. If canned coconut milk is all you have, I highly recommend processing it with a blender, frother or whisk to create a more even consistency before adding to your cocktail shaker.
If you can, try to find a carton of coconut milk in the dairy free milk aisle at your grocery store. I really like the brand So Delicious (not at all sponsored) because of how consistent and high quality their products are and this organic coconut milk is no exception.
Other popular Puerto Rican drinks
If you’re into this tropical cocktail you should definitely try the blended version of this drink, linked above.
Another classic Puerto Rican cocktail using rum and coconut is Coquito. This Vegan Coquito is a plant based version of the drink. It uses whipped coconut cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, rum and sweetened condensed coconut milk and is a super decadent beverage usually served around the holidays.
Think of it as a spicy alcoholic eggnog, but vegan and way better. Save the Coquito recipe for this Fall, and enjoy your pina colada on the rocks all summer long. Please remember to drink responsibly!