Classic Piña Colada

This Classic Piña Colada is easy, delicious, and guaranteed to leave you dreamin’ about warmer days!

Classic Pina Colada |

When I think of Piña Coladas, I often think of hanging out on the back porch with friends on a warm summer evening.  Jimmy Buffett is probably playing in the background, and I’m daydreaming about the beach.  *snap*  Ah, back to reality.  A reality where late February in upstate New York means cold, cold, and more cold.  And perhaps some snow thrown in there…you know, just for fun.  What happened to that beach I was just dreaming about?  It might be cold outside right now, but sometimes you need a tropical drink in the middle of winter to warm you up!  This Classic Piña Colada is surprisingly easy to make, and it’s sure to get you in the right mood for the warmer days to come.

The other day, I was making this Almond Joy Tart (one of my favorite desserts, by the way), and I ended up with extra cream of coconut.  What the heck am I going to do with extra cream of coconut?  Then I saw the pineapple sitting on my counter.  Ah, and I knew I had a bottle of rum stashed away in the cabinet somewhere.  Fresh pineapple…cream of coconut…a bottle of rum…you see where I’m heading with this, right?  Yup…time to pull out that piña colada recipe!  And with Mardi Gras just around the corner, this Classic Piña Colada is the perfect way to “Let the Good Times Roll”!

Classic Piña Colada


  • 3/4 cup cream of coconut
  • 3/4 cup light rum (optional)
  • 2 cups pineapple, cubed
  • 5 cups ice
  • 4 pineapple wedges, to garnish (optional)


  1. Place cream of coconut, light rum, and pineapple in a blender.
  2. Add ice 1 cup at a time, blending after each addition, until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Pour into glasses and garnish with fresh pineapple wedge (optional).


  1. You and your wife have to vacation here in Puerto Rico sometime!!! Visit Old San Juan, and there’s a restaurant called Barrachina, where Piña Colada was invented!!!

    • Interesting! We’ve never been to Puerto Rico, but we definitely need to put it on the list…especially since there’s still a foot of snow sitting outside my back door. Thanks for the tip about Barrachina, too!! P.S. Jealous that you live in Puerto Rico. :-)

  2. Yum! I could take one of these to take away the winter blues… so going to have Jimmy Buffet stuck in my head the rest of the day.

    • Tell me about it, Laura! I wish I had one of these in my hand right now. And I’ve also had Buffett in my head for days…it could also have something to do with the temperatures outside and my extreme need for warmer weather soon.

  3. Could really use one of these right now! (You know, minus the whole me being underage thing.)

    • Heh…thanks, Graham! It should be almost Mardi Gras break down there…and you totally deserve one of these Pina Coladas if you make it through the week!!

  4. Rum optional? Ah, you make me laugh. :-) Looks so inviting!

    • Hah! You know what’s funny? When I wrote the rum optional part, I actually thought “Hmmm…what would the Ninj do here…” So for you, I recommend doubling the rum. Cheers!

  5. I was in Cuba this February and i came across the best pina colada i have ever had in my life. While searching for recipes on how to make it myself, i came across the recipe on your blog (through pinterest)… so the ingredients are pretty much the same it seems. Just a surprising twist though – the Cuban pina colada was served in a pineapple (with fresh slices, and mind you cuban pineapples are very soft from the inside so i was munching on these while taking breaks from sipping) with fresh cream of coconut, freshly juiced pineapple juice and CINNAMON powder!!! i kid you not, it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! You mustttt try it, i insist!

    • Interesting! Thank you so much for commenting, Maha! So serving a pina colada IN a pineapple would have been fun. I didn’t even think about that. But I must admit that I am really intrigued by this cinnamon addition. That sounds pretty awesome. Next time I make a batch of these, I am totally adding cinnamon…thanks for the recommendation! :-)

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