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Pina Colada with Dark Rum

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This classic Pina Colada gets an upgrade with a dark rum float to create the best icy adult cocktail you and your friends have ever tried! This tiki classic is blended with frozen pineapple, cream of coconut, and white rum until smooth and creamy and topped off with a shot of black rum!

Check out Tropical Pina Colada Recipes for ever more pineapple and coconut inspired recipes plus the history of Pina Coladas…just in case you are curious.

Looking down on two cocktail glasses filled with frozen Pina colada with dark rum floating on top and pineapple wedge and leaves as garnish.

I have a long-term obsession with Piña Coladas! I “thought” that my new favorite was this amazing Watermelon Pina Colada, which took that designation away from last year’s Layered Berry Pina Colada, but then I made this Piña Colada with Dark Rum and instantly fell in L-O-V-E!!

It is thick and creamy just like you would expect it to be but there is the intensely decadent flavor addition from the black rum topper. It adds so much depth of flavor to this classic cocktail without overpowering it in any way.

What does black rum taste like?

I chose BACARDÍ 80 proof Black Rum which has a dark color, is light-medium in body, with rich and robust in taste. This particular dark rum imparts impressions of tropical fruit and molasses, with a smoky finish.

What you will need to make this recipe

Ingredients to make  Pina Colada with Dark Rum.
  • BACARDI SUPERIOR WHITE and BLACK RUMS – yes you can use any brand that you like, I just thought I would stick with my old favorites. Not only are they available just about everywhere, but they are also not insanely priced.
  • Coco Lopez – a delicious cream made from the tender meat of sun ripened Caribbean coconuts and blended with natural cane sugar, not to be confused with canned coconut milk that you would find in the International food section of your local grocery store.
  • Frozen Pineapple – you can slice up a fresh pineapple and freeze the chunks yourself, or you can purchase bags of frozen pineapple chunks at the grocery store.
  • Ice Cubes – just enough to ensure that this cocktail is thick and creamy, but not enough to water it down as the ice melts. That right there is the key to a perfect frozen cocktail!!

Be sure to check out the detailed printable recipe card below

Pina Colada topped with dark rum and garnished with pineapple leaves and wedge with a coconut in the background.

How to make Pina Colada with Dark Rum

Place the frozen pineapple, white rum, coconut cream, and ice cubes into the blender.

Frozen pineapple chunks, ice cubes, and rum in a blender.

Blend/Puree ingredients together until smooth. Divide the drink between two cocktail glasses and carefully pour one-ounce of dark rum on top of each drink.

Frozen Pina Colada topped with dark rum.

Garnish with pineapple wedges, pineapple leaves, or maraschino cherries and a straw. Serve immediately.

Pina Colada topped with dark rum and garnished with pineapple leaves and wedge.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • For best flavor, make sure you stir your cocktail as you are drinking it – the rum settles to the bottom.
Can this cocktail be made ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the recipe ahead of time and place in freezer-safe containers or zipper top freezer bags and place in the freezer until needed.
This is also a great way to save leftover cocktails. Just pull them out a few minutes before needed and place them on the counter to soften, then pour into your glasses.

Can I use regular coconut milk?

Yes, you can use regular canned coconut milk but you may need to add simple syrup to sweeten it. Blend the drink and taste it. Adjust the sweetness and serve.

Do I have to use white and black rums?

No you do not, this is your cocktail party! Feel free to add coconut rum for more coconut flavor, or spiced rum for a more exotic flavor.

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Looking down on two cocktail glasses filled with frozen Pina colada with dark rum floating on top and pineapple wedge and leaves as garnish.

Pina Colada with Dark Rum

This classic Pina Colada is blended with frozen pineapple, cream of coconut, and white rum then topped off with a shot of black rum!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Caribbbean
Keyword: coconut and pineapple cocktail with rum
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 499kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces frozen pineapple chunks
  • 4 ounces cream of coconut Coco Lopez, not Thai Kitchen
  • 4 ounces white rum like Bacardi Superior
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 ounces dark rum like Barcadi Black

Instructions

  • Place the frozen pineapple, white rum, coconut cream, and ice cubes into the blender.
  • Blend/Puree ingredients together until smooth. Divide the drink between two cocktail glasses and carefully pour one-ounce of dark rum on top of each drink.
  • Garnish with pineapple wedges, pineapple leaves, or maraschino cherries and a straw. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • For best flavor, make sure you stir your cocktail as you are drinking it – the rum settles to the bottom.

Nutrition

Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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