Today we’re making a velvety smooth pina colada on the rocks using pineapple juice, coconut milk, rum and a squeeze of lime. 

a piña colada on the rocks on a yellow counter

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 my recipe for blended frozen 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. 

And be sure to check out these other piña colada inspired recipes: piña colada breakfast smoothie, piña colada cupcakes, strawberry piña coladas.

If you like drinks with Caribbean flavor, also try this rum punch recipe.

bowls of cherries, pineapple juice, rum and more

Ingredients

Step by Step Instructions

Making this cocktail couldn’t be easier. 

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. 

a bottle of coconut milk

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. 

a piña colada on the rocks on a yellow counter

If you’re into this tropical cocktail you should definitely try my recipe for blended frozen pina colada

Another classic Puerto Rican cocktail using rum and coconut is Coquito. It uses coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, rum, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk and is a super decadent beverage usually served around the holidays. 

Think of it as a spicy alcoholic eggnog, but way better. Save this Coquito recipe for this Fall, and enjoy your pina colada on the rocks all summer long. Please remember to drink responsibly!

Cheers!

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a piña colada on the rocks on a yellow counter

Pina Colada on the Rocks

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Cocktails, Drinks, Beverages
  • Method: shaken
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Latin
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Today we’re making a velvety smooth pina colada on the rocks using pineapple juice, coconut milk, rum and a squeeze of lime. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • ½ cup pineapple juice (100% juice is best)
  • ½ cup coconut milk  
  • 1 shot rum
  • ½ lime, squeezed
  • Optional: maraschino cherries to top

Instructions

  1. Add ice, pineapple juice, coconut milk, rum and lime juice to a cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour over ice. Serve with a cherry on top!a pina colada pouring into a glass