Classic Piña Colada

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A Classic Piña Colada is a sweet, tropical cocktail made with rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream. It is the perfect blended drink recipe to serve all summer long!

For all things Pina Colada, check out the Tropical Pina Colada Recipes page!

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If you like Piña Coladas, and getting caught in the rain…..I have had that song in my head all night! This is the second cocktail that I learned how to make at a very young age, the first was a Frozen Banana Daiquiri.

What is a Pina Colada made of?

Piña Coladas are a sweet cocktail made with light rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream.

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We are not talking about the coconut milk that I normally use. This is real cream of coconut {Coco López is the original and most popular brand} that is sweetened and really thick! It can usually be found in the liquor department of your local grocery store or on Amazon.

Tools used to create this cocktail:

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Where do pina coladas come from?

Did you know that the piña colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978? The original creator is still being argued about, but it was definitely created in Puerto Rico back in the 60’s.

Classic Piña Colada - a sweet cocktail made with rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice cookingwithcurls.com

I first tried a Classic Piña Colada in Jamaica, and I was hooked! My love for this sweet, creamy, and fruity flavored cocktail continued while I was living in Hawaii…..and who doesn’t loves drinks with cute little umbrellas?!

How do you make a Classic Pina Colada?

Simply put the ice, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and rum into a blender and puree until smooth and creamy.

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Or you can skip the blender and just shake the ingredients to combine and serve over ice.

More tropical rum cocktail recipes:

I will leave you with this delicious Piña Colada Ice Cream that I made last summer.

Piña Colada Ice Cream | cookingwithcurls.com

Just in case you prefer to enjoy your Piña Colada with a spoon instead of a straw.

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Classic Pina Colada in a hurricane glass with a pineapple wedge, cherry and pink paper umbrella.

Classic Piña Colada

A Classic Piña Colada is a sweet, tropical cocktail made with rum pineapple juice and coconut cream!
4.30 from 44 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut, pineapple, rum, cocktail, tropical, recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Servings
Calories: 378kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 2 ounces cream of coconut not coconut milk in a can
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry to garnish


  • Place ice, coconut cream, rum, and pineapple juice in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Serve in a hurricane glass garnished with pineapple wedge, cherry, and umbrella.


  • 2 ounces = 4 Tablespoons


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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  1. I’ve been making these poolside for the past few weekends since we are on a pantry/freezer/no spend challenge and I had a bottle of coconut rum AND two bottle of premix pina colada stuff in the bar cabinet … glad to find a real recipe to continue my new-found Sunday afternoon tradition! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m not a big Pina Colada fan myself, but they are very popular, and anyone who likes playing bartender needs to know how to make these. Presentation is everything with a cocktail and yours is lovely. Cheers!

  3. MMmmmmmm … and thanks for getting that song stuck in my head! Funny thing, it always comes to mind when I make Pina Coladas or even think about them! LOL.

  4. I have barely finished breakfast and yet my mouth is watering for one of these amazing looking pina colladas. They look delicious and I plan on trying them. Visiting from Totally Talented Tuesdays. Love your blog!

  5. Hi, I’m here thanks to Lou Lou Girls Party.
    Oh I totally LOVE Pina Colada!!!!!
    When we were in Santo Domingo I was like…addicted!!!!! In the end I used to have it without rum, because I couldn’t do without that wonderful taste of coconut and pineapple but I didn’t want to drink too much alchool!!! ^^
    And what about the ice cream? I must try it!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe : )

  6. Hi there, great looking recipe! My favorite drink of ALL TIME!!!!
    In the picture it shows a can of cream of coconut
    But the recipe is written “coconut cream”
    I know there is a difference to some people as to which they use. Does it matter?
    Thanks so much for sharing and I can’t wait to make this!

  7. I’ve been to the home of the pina colada, Puerto Rico, and I’ve used this recipe with the addition of fresh pineapple and a maraschino cherry and it takes me back every time.

  8. 5 stars
    I LOVE Pina Coladas. It’s my go-to drink in the Caribbean, in Hawaii, or at any tropical bar! I have been craving one all summer. My new blender just arrived and I can’ think of a better way to break it in! And your recipe was spot on!!! YUMMMMMMM!!! Time to find a Hawaiian channel on Pandora and float away!!!

  9. 5 stars
    I added some tinned pineapple and a bit of frozen banana. It turned into the most delicious smoothie! The drink didn’t taste like banana, it just had the most amazing texture.

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