Easy Pina Colada
Looking for a great Pina colada recipe? you found it here! This creamy, fruity and refreshing cocktail is definitely one of the worlds most popular blended drinks.
Best Pina Colada Recipe
It’s hard not to love pina coladas because they’re so easy to drink. We did some research and found about the interesting history of this beloved drink. You can read about it here. It’ really only takes a few simple ingredients to hydrate yourself on a hot day with this awesome cocktail. Adjust the level of rum and sweetness to your personal liking. You don’t have to follow the recipe exactly, as pineapple juice brands can vary on their sugar level.
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Use Fresh Pineapple instead of Pineapple Juice for Pina Coladas?
Yes, you can use fresh pineapple but you will get chunks and fibers of the fruit. So it becomes more “edible” than drinkable. We suggest you still use some pineapple juice because you need enough liquid for the drink. But adding a few chunks of fresh pineapple in there doesn’t hurt. You can always make a fresh pineapple juice by peeling, coring, and blending a fresh pineapple, then straining it through fine mesh sieve.
Cream of Coconut vs Coconut Cream for Pina Coladas
The names are almost the same, but they are different ingredients. Here’s a quick look at all the different coconut liquid ingredient variations.
Split open a coconut and the clear-ish liquid in the center is coconut water. Kind of like water but with a slight coconut flavor. Refreshing but not typically used in cocktails.
This is usually made by cooking equal parts coconut and water. Usually not sweetened. Mostly used for southeast Asian recipes like Thai curries and such. It’s not typically used for cocktails. Coconut milk has the consistency of regular milk.
Like coconut milk but thicker and richer. Usually not sweetened. It it usually a made by cooking four parts coconut with one part water or from the cream that rises to the top of a can of coconut milk. You could use coconut cream in cocktails, but it isn’t sweetened and you’ll often need to add sugar or simple syrup to taste.
Cream of Coconut:
This is what is often used in cocktails. We know, the names are super confusing. Cream of coconut is basically coconut cream with sugar added and reduced to a syrupy like consistency. You’ll often find this in the alcohol aisle or liquor stores. Common brands include Coco Lopez (the original & what we recommend) and Coco Real (often the easiest to find).
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