Did you know July 10th is National Piña Colada day in Puerto Rico? If I had my vote I would have a Piña Colada day every week in my household! Piña colada literally means “strained pineapple”. There are several recipes for this famous cocktail and I happen to think this one tops all the rest.
You will need: a blender, ice, rum, pineapple juice, bananas, cream of coconut, vanilla, lime for zest, whipped cream and maraschino cherries. I used boozy cherries… a.k.a cherries soaked in whiskey!
I have tried a lot of different brands of cream of coconut and Coco Lopez is hands down my favorite. I’m sure many people agree considering Coco Lopez’s coconut cream has been around since the 1950’s. You can generally find it in the section of the grocery store by the “alcohol mixers”. Cream of coconut should not be confused with coconut milk.
In a blender combine: 6 cups ice, 4 cups pineapple juice, 1/4 cup cream of coconut, 1 banana, and 1 tsp vanilla.
Add a shot or two of rum to each cocktail. I do not blend the alcohol into the blender for two reasons: because non-drinkers and little ones love virgin piña coladas, and also because I can customize and monitor how much booze goes into each glass.
Top with whipped cream, cherry, and zest on a little lime rind. While you are zest-ing make sure to sing ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up!
Now toast yourself to a perfect piña colada and savor your masterpiece!
Perfect Piña Coladas!
For the smoothie
- 6 cups ice
- 4 cups pineapple juice
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup cream of coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Rum add desired amount of shots to each cocktail
For the topping
- whipped cream
- lime zest
- cherries boozy or maraschino
- Blend ice, pineapple juice, banana, cream of coconut, and vanilla until smooth.
- Pour into glasses.
- Add desired amount of rum to each cocktail, generally 1-2 shots.
- Top with whipped cream and cherries.
- Zest a little lime rind on top.