Is it possible that the Piña Colada gets a bad rap? There was that slightly silly song from the 1970s, and the drink has acquired an image as an overly sweet, frivolous concoction. But the truth is, the Piña Colada, when made properly, is a simple, well-balanced cocktail. It consists of only three ingredients: rum, cream of coconut (usually Coco Lopez), and pineapple juice. (There’s also plenty of ice for the blender.) It is sweet, sure, but not cloying; it’s also very delicious, and just plain fun. There’s a reason it’s the national drink of Puerto Rico.
Here’s how to make one right:
- 2.5 oz rum
- 3 oz Coco Lopez
- 6 oz pineapple juice
- ½ cup crushed ice
- Pineapple wedge, for garnish
- Add rum, Coco Lopez, pineapple juice, and crushed ice to a blender.
- Blend until smooth, pour into a Hurricane glass, and garnish with a pineapple wedge.