The Piña Colada is a sweet creamy cocktail with the fruity taste of pineapple and coconut that is served blended with crushed ice until smooth or frosty. There are many different versions of preparing the Piña Colada. However, the basic ingredients to prepare this cocktail are rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut or coconut milk and crushed ice cubes. In the past, our parents would prepare the coconut milk from scratch and strain the pineapples for the juice. Today the pineapple juice and coconut milk are readily available at the supermarket. You can prepare this beverage without alcohol if you so desire.
The Piña Colada originated in Puerto Rico. In 1978, Puerto Rico also publicly announced this cocktail as its official drink. Therefore, National Piña Colada Day is celebrated throughout the island on July 10th. The name for this delicious beverage, Piña Colada, means strained pineapples. This is the name given for the straining process in obtaining the juice from the freshly pressed pineapples.
The Taíno Indians cultivated the Pineapples. For decades, the pineapples known as Piña Cabezona were the most popular among the different types of pineapples grown in Puerto Rico. I love to add fresh pineapples to the Piña Colada for a more fruity pineapple flavor.
Let’s Start Peeling and Cutting the Pineapples!
Cut the crown (top of the pineapple) from the ripe pineapple with a knife.
Now cut the other end of the pineapple with a knife.
Cut the pineapple into 1 to 2-inch slices.
Peel the pineapple by inserting a knife between flesh and skin. Remove the eyes of the pineapple.
When peeling the pineapple, you will find brown spots on the side of the pineapple. These brown spots are called “pineapple eyes.”
The sliced pineapple has a core in the center – small round circle. Cut the slice of pineapple in half, running the knife in the middle of the core.
With a knife, cut the half of sliced pineapple in the middle.
Using the knife, remove the core from each chunk of pineapple and continue this process for all the pineapple slices.
We are ready to cut the pineapple into 1 to 2-inch chunks.
Measure 1½ cups of fresh pineapple chunks.
Let’s Mix the Cream of Coconut!
Since the cream of coconut tends to separate (solid from liquid) inside the can, pour cream of coconut into a bowl.
Mix the cream of coconut until well blended. Measure 1 cup.
We are Ready to Blend All the Ingredients for Our Piña Colada!
Pour the pineapple juice, fresh pineapple chunks and white rum into an electric blender.
Now we can add the cream of coconut.
Add the crushed ice or ice cubes and cover with lid.
Beat at high speed until all ingredients are well blended and forms a creamy texture, approximately 20 to 40 seconds.
Pour into a tall drinking glass. Decorate drinking glass rim with a fresh slice of pineapple and/or a maraschino cherry.
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Recipe and Nutritional Facts
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This sweet tropical cocktail that originated in Puerto Rico is made with fresh pineapple and cream of coconut that is served blended with crushed ice for a smooth or frosty texture.
- 3 cups pineapple juice
- 1½ cups fresh pineapple, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 cup cream of coconut
- ¾ cup white rum or to taste
- 1 cup crushed ice or ice cubes
- Pour cream of coconut into a bowl and mix until well blended. Measure 1 cup.
- Add all of the ingredients in an electric blender.
- Beat at high speed until all ingredients are well blended and forms a creamy texture, approximately 20 to 40 seconds.
- Pour into tall drinking glasses.
- Decorate drinking glass rim with a slice of pineapple and/or a maraschino cherry.
- Category: Beverages
- Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keywords: Piña Colada