This refreshing blended Piña Colada recipe comes together in just 10 minutes and is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day. It’s a classic Puerto Rican cocktail that will have you feeling like you’re on a beach on the island. This easy blended cocktail comes together with just 3 ingredients: frozen pineapple chunks, coconut cream, and rum.

Two Virgin pina coladas

If you’re into tropical cocktails, chances are you’ve already tried a piña colada. It’s one of my favorite classic Puerto Rican recipes made with blended frozen pineapple, coconut cream, and rum.

This popular Caribbean drink is known around the world, usually garnished with a bright red maraschino cherry and a slice of fresh pineapple.

Pina Coladas are one of those drinks that will have you feeling like you’re on a tropical island, especially when they’re made from scratch. Something about the classic combination of pineapple and coconut blended with a splash of rum, feels like an adult milkshake or smoothie, infused with tropical flavor. 

If you enjoy the island flavors in this drink, you should also try this reader favorite recipe for pina coladas on the rocks, this piña colada breakfast smoothie, and the chi chi drink.

3 Simple Ingredients

Here’s everything you’ll need in case you’re headed to the store:

See recipe card for exact quantities.

Ingredients to make virgin pina coladas

Making Pina Coladas from scratch

Here’s how to make your own in just 10 minutes:

Our Secret Ingredient: Frozen Pineapple

Frozen pineapple chunks are the key to achieving that signature blended texture of this cocktail. The frozen chunks provide that icy cold texture that we want in a blended cocktail, without diluting the flavor.

That said, if all you’ve got is a can of pineapple chunks or a fresh pineapple, you can use it and add a handful of ice to the blender to help perfect your blended pina colada. 

Sometimes you just need a drink, pronto! I totally get it.

A can of coconut cream

Another secret for making extra frothy Pina Coladas? Throw the can of coconut in the fridge overnight before using.

Coconut milk vs. coconut cream

When it comes to making this Pina Colada recipe, picking your canned coconut is really up to your personal preference. I am 100% team coconut cream in this recipe but I am also not above using a can of coconut milk if it’s all I’ve got. 

But what exactly is the difference between coconut milk and coconut cream when it comes to blended drinks? 

The biggest difference is in the consistency. 

Coconut milk is significantly more liquid while coconut cream is thicker and has a higher fat content. 

The higher fat content in coconut cream will result in a thicker, frothier pina colada while using coconut milk will result in a thinner consistency. 

Just make sure to throw your can in the fridge in advance, to help keep your cocktail nice and cold.

Two Virgin pina coladas

Make it a Mocktail

Any cocktail can become a mocktail (aka a virgin cocktail) by simply leaving out any alcohol and this technique works especially well with Pina Coladas.

Because they have so much flavor and such a thick texture, they truly don’t need the alcohol. The drink is perfectly refreshing without it.

To make it a mocktail, simply leave out the rum!

As always, when consuming alcohol make sure you are drinking responsibly. 

Buen provecho,

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Two Virgin pina coladas

Piña Colada Recipe

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Cocktails, Drinks, Beverages
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Latin
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This refreshing blended Piña Colada recipe comes together in just 10 minutes and is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day. It’s a classic Puerto Rican cocktail that will have you feeling like you’re on a beach on the island. This easy blended cocktail comes together with just 3 ingredients: frozen pineapple chunks, coconut cream, and rum.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 oz rum
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks (could be fresh or canned)
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (refrigerated overnight if possible)
  • optional: maraschino cherries, fresh pineapple slices, or lime zest to garnish


Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a blender. In your blender combine the pineapple chunks, coconut cream, and rum. Blend until smooth and creamy. 

  2. Serve & enjoy. Pour your Pina Colada into the glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry, a slice of fresh pineapple and/or lime zest. Enjoy!