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Piña colada

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The piña colada (Spanish, "strained pineapple") is a sweet, rum-based cocktail made with hard rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. It may be garnished with a pineapple wedge or a maraschino cherry.

The piña colada has been the official beverage of Puerto Rico since 1978.

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Piña Colada Cocktail Ingredients

  • 3cl (one part) white rum
  • 3cl (one part) coconut cream
  • 9cl (3 parts) pineapple juice
  • 2 cups Crushed ice

Garnish: pineapple slice and maraschino cherry

Preparation Method

  1. Put all ingredients into an electric blender.
  2. Blend at a high speed for a short length of time.
  3. Pour into a Collins Glass and serve with a straw.
  4. Add decorations (e.g. wedge of pineapple, maraschino cherry, tiny umbrella) if wanted.



  • Different proportions may be used. For example, 1 part rum, 2 each of pineapple juice and coconut cream
  • Dark rum may be used
  • Virgin piña colada or piñita colada - without the rum
  • Chi Chi - vodka substituted for rum
  • Miami Vice - 1/2 strawberry daiquiri poured over 1/2 piña colada (use frozen versions of each, and do not blend together)
  • Lava Flow - Strawberry daiquiri and piña colada blended together
  • Amaretto colada - amaretto substituted for rum
  • Belizean piña colada - evaporated milk (pet milk) instead of coconut cream
  • Staten Island Ferry - coconut rum and pineapple juice over ice.


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