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My Pina Colada recipe is an easy cocktail you can make at home with just THREE ingredients! You can also serve it as a mocktail – just omit the rum! 

This is a sweet and fruity frozen pineapple drink that take just a few minutes to make. Take yourself to the tropics in under 5 minutes!

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EASY Pina Colada Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I could use a beach vacation right about now. Sun, water, sandy beaches and tropical drinks sounds like heaven. Especially, the drink part! I just love a cold frozen cocktail.

Since we won’t be taking a tropical vacation anytime soon, I’ll be making this easy frozen piña colada recipe. When I have one of these in my hand and close my eyes, I can almost feel those warm ocean breezes! This is the perfect cocktail to pretend you’re on the beach. This also reminds me of a dole whip!

Plus it has just THREE ingredients and you can make it non-alcoholic easily!

Piña Colada Ingredients – Just 3!

You don’t need one of those premade pina colada mixes you can buy at the store – making it from scratch is super easy. This is the best pina colada recipe and I always have the ingredients on hand so I can whip one up whenever I want.

  • Pineapple juice
  • Coconut cream (Coco Coconut Cream or Coco Lopez)
  • Light rum

For the coconut cream, I use Coco Real Cream of Coconut which is sold in squeeze bottles. I like it because it tastes great and it also keeps well in the refrigerator and doesn’t separate.

For some freshness you could add a squeeze of lime!

What Rum is best for Pina Colada?

The best rum to use is a light rum. Choose one that you like to drink! Avoid using dark rum because the flavor is a little too caramel-y and rich for a piña colada. This drink is all about fresh and fruity flavors so the light rum works best.

Ingredients for pina colada

How to Make Piña Colada

This piña colada recipe is so easy! Place all of the ingredients in a blender. Add some crushed ice and then blend until it’s well combined and slushy. 

Pour into glasses and, if you’re feeling extra-beachy, garnish with fresh pineapple. 

Make it a Piña Colada Mocktail!

You can easily leave out the rum and have a non-alcoholic piña colada. Just make the drink as directed and just skip the alcohol. My daughter LOVES having a fancy cocktail that’s safe for her to drink.

If I have friends over, I’ll blend the juice, coconut cream and ice and then serve the virgin ones to my friends who want one. Then I’ll add the alcohol, blend again and serve up the regular ones. Or, just add the rum right on top in the serving glass, like they do at the fancy resorts.

Can I Double or Triple this drink?

If you want to make these for several people you can double or triple the recipe! Because it’s a frozen, slushy drink you will want to make the batch and serve it right away. It doesn’t hold well because the ice melts pretty quick.

I see quite of few of these piña colada in my summertime future! Until we can book that vacation, I know I can bring a little bit of the tropics to my own backyard. If you need a little tropical break you should definitely try it!

How to garnish Piña Colada

Pineapple Wedges: Cut the pineapple into slices and then cut each pineapple slice into 4 pieces. Use the wedge as garnish.

Cherry: Maraschino cherries add nice color.

One pina colada with cherry and pineapple in top of glass

FAQs

Is pina colada dairy free?

If you use the Coco Real then this drink is completely dairy free.

Is piña colada vegan?

Yes this recipe is vegan!

Can you use canned pineapple for Pina colada?

If you want to swap ice with frozen pineapple for a fresher taste you can freeze canned pineapple. But don’t use it straight from the can – the ice is what makes it frosty.

Can I use pineapple in this recipe?

If you prefer to use real pineapple, just use frozen pineapple chunks in place of the ice. Works great!

Is pina colada always frozen?

You can have this drink blended or on the rocks! If you prefer a piña colada over ice, just add the coconut, juice and rum to a shaker and pour it over the ice in your glass.

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Homemade pina colada

Pina Colada Recipe

4.98 from 317 votes
Just three ingredients makes the best tropical cocktail – and you can easily make this without rum to make it a virgin piña colada.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 6 ounces (178ml) pineapple juice
  • 3 ounces (89ml) coconut cream coco real cream of coconut
  • 1 ½ ounces (45ml) light rum
  • 1-2 cups crushed ice
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Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glass and serve garnished with pineapple slice and cherry.

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Recipe Notes

To make it a mocktail just omit the rum.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 498mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
3 ingredient pina colada

My Pina Colada Recipe is such an easy cocktail! This drink is like a tropical smoothie and can be made virgin. There are just 3 ingredients in a homemade pina colada, 2 ingredients in the non alcoholic recipe!

Last Updated on July 3, 2023



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  1. Great recipe, taste just like a high priced Pina colada from the beach side bar/restaurant. I fallowed the recipe, except I opted for (2-cups ice), and Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, as that is what I had on-hand for alcohol. Garnished with pineapple wheel, maraschino stem on cherry in my Red Solo Cup, and wide shake starw. Instantly transported to my happy place. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  2. Love the minimal ingredient list and ease of this recipe. It was a big hit! Tasted delicious. My friends joked that I was adding sunscreen when they saw the squeeze bottle of the cream of coconut, but it was surprisingly great! Found the exact cream of coconut pictured in this recipe for under $4 at Winco in the wine/liquor aisle. 5 stars!

  3. It is not “coconut cream” in the piña colada, but should be “cream of coconut”. Coconut cream is not sweet and therefore the drink would not be sweet unless you also add syrup. Cream of coconut is sweetened and that is what you should be using. I’m thinking from reading several versions of the recipe and explanations of ingredients that the 2 names are being used interchangeably but they are not the same thing. So many different recipes for piña colada! I didn’t know which one would be best to try. I see Bob Wilker said the same thing, so I feel better saying it since I’m not an expert.

      1. The kind I use (coco real) is in the alcohol mixer aisle – it doesn’t have alcohol in it but is used as a mixer.

      2. I get my cream of coconut at the grocery store. If your store has an international section, look there where the Spanish, Mexican or other Hispanic foods are, like taco shells and refried beans. I always get it in a cab but I saw in one article that it is also sold in squeeze bottles (I haven’t seen those). I have found Coco Lopez brand. It has a blue label and photo of a piña colada on it.