Learn How to Make the Best Piña Colada that is made with fresh pineapple, coconut cream, coconut milk, and then blended to frozen cocktail perfection! This healthier, homemade, and easy frozen drink recipe is the perfect chilled beverage to sip on poolside or make a large pitcher of it for a summer party or July 4th picnic!
The BEST Piña Colada Recipe
My hubby and I just returned home from our second trip to Costa Rica.
The ceviche is made from fish caught that day and the piña coladas are a blend of fresh pineapple and coconuts grown locally.
While sitting at our resort’s bar I noticed how quickly the bartender threw together our drinks. They looked so easy to make that as soon as I got home I was on my Vitamix trying to figure out that perfect concoction of ingredients!
Easy Frozen Drink
It may initially seem like a frozen piña colada drink is too difficult to make at home, but it’s actually SUPER easy and quick to whip together your own cocktail mix.
And speaking of mixes – skip them entirely because a drink that is made with fresh pineapple and creamy coconut milk is the WAY to go.
The store bought mixes just won’t compare.
Piña coladas are a frozen cocktail made of pineapples, coconut, and rum that is blended together into a delightful summer drink.
You will only need a few easy-to-find ingredients to make this piña colada recipe:
- Pineapple – Read below to see if you can use fresh or frozen.
- Coconut – Both milk and cream are used in this recipe.
- Rum – See what type of rum is best below.
- Sugar – Totally optional but can be used to increase the sweetness of the drink.
- You can also substitute with a non-nutritive sweetener such as Stevia or add a touch of honey instead.
- Ice – The key to making this frozen cocktail recipe extra creamy and chilled!
Fresh or Frozen Pineapple
The best type of pineapple to use when making homemade piña coladas is FRESH that has been FROZEN for at least 2-3 hours.
Fresh pineapple can be purchased in the refrigerated area at your grocery store in the clear plastic containers. It is normally sold as rings or large chunks.
You can also always cut an entire pineapple into large chunks.
Once you have your fresh fruit cut into chunks, place it in a 1-gallon ziplock bag and freeze for at least 2-3 hours, or up to overnight.
Can I Use Already Frozen Pineapple?
Yes, you can definitely use the fruit that has already been frozen, but just know the pineapple will not have nearly as much flavor as the fresh fruit you freeze yourself.
Best Rum for Piña Coladas
When making a homemade piña colada recipe you will want to opt for a light, white, or silver rum.
White rums are aged for less time and maintain a light, fresh flavor.
The darker rums have been aged longer and have a much bolder flavor than their lighter counterparts.
However, if you only happen to have a darker rum you can always use that instead.
Best Rums Brands:
- Flor de Caña – personal preference
- Bacardi Superior
- El Dorado
How to Make
Now that you have your ingredients gathered together, let’s get to blending!
Cut fresh pineapple into 1-inch chunks. Place in a 1-gallon ziplock bag and freeze in a single layer for 2-3 hours.
Blend for about 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth.
Add ice and pulse until well incorporated.
Serve immediately or freeze until ready to serve.
*Cook’s Tip: My personal preference is a Vitamix – especially when making enough for a crowd!
Can I Make this a Mocktail?
Yes! You can absolutely make this piña colada recipe into a mocktail by simply leaving out the rum completely.
The virgin drink will not have quite the same flavor, but it makes a great smoothie or nonalcoholic alternative.
Making it for a Crowd?
Instead of the 2 drinks it serves, you can always double, triple, or quadruple this recipe.
If multiplying it by 3 or 4 you will want to make sure to use a Vitamix to ensure all of the ingredients fit.
Prepping it Ahead?
Simply freeze your prepared recipe covered in the freezer.
Pull it out 30 minutes before serving to let it thaw slightly.
Add it back to the food processor or blender and blend until it is a sippable consistency.
How to Serve?
You can serve this cocktail with a sprinkle of coconut, a pineapple wedge, a maraschino cherry, and a cute straw!
Other Summer Cocktail Recipes:
Piña Colada Recipe
Learn How to Make the Best Piña Colada that is made with fresh pineapple, coconut cream, coconut milk, and then blended to frozen cocktail perfection!
- 1 ½ cups pineapple fresh
- ½ cup coconut milk* regular or lite
- ¼ cup coconut cream
- 3 oz. rum white, silver, or light
- 1 Tbsp. sugar optional
- ¼-½ cup ice
Cut fresh pineapple into 1-inch chunks.* Place in a 1-gallon ziplock bag and freeze in a single layer for 2-3 hours.
Blend for about 1-2 minutes or until pineapple is completely smooth.
Add ice and pulse until well incorporated.
Serve immediately with a pineapple wedge, straw, and a maraschino cherry or freeze until ready to serve.
If freezing, let it sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes and then blend it just before serving. Enjoy!
- Nutritional information is calculated with no sugar added and with no garnishes.
- You can also use previously frozen pineapple if it is not currently in season.
- Make sure to use the coconut milk found in a can, NOT the kind in the refrigerated section.
- Nutritional information with Lite coconut milk: 300 kcals, 20 grams carbohydrates, and 12 grams of sugar in 1 serving.