My Favorite Pina Colada

November 9, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

I like more pineapple than coconut in my pina coladas, so I thought I'd add some fresh pineapple as well as pineapple juice. And after a few experiments, I found that a combination of coconut milk and cream of coconut produced the right blend of sweetness and creaminess. A spritz of lime juice and a grating of fresh nutmeg were later additions.

Merrill Stubbs

Makes: 4 cocktails
Prep time: 5 min


  • 3 oz light rum
  • 4 cups ice
  • 2/3 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 3 ounces cream of coconut
  • 2 ounces coconut milk
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 Juice of 1/2 large lime
  • 1 Pinch freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
In This Recipe


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender (use a good, strong one that can crush ice) and blend until smooth. Add more ice or liquid to taste. Serve in a pretty glass with a shower of grated nutmeg, a lime wedge and maybe even a cocktail umbrella.

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Reviews (7) Questions (1)

7 Reviews

BabyKakes August 5, 2014
Actually I think a golden rum makes for a better and gives the cocktail more depth, more intense flavor. Try it with Mount Gay or Barbancourt. DEElish!
Daniella P. June 4, 2013
2/3 cups of pineapple in grams?<br />
irinaleibo November 3, 2011
I do a cheater's Pina Colada using Pineapple juice , Malibu coconut rum and ice in a blender! <br />But I lived in the caribbean and needed more Pina Coladas than most! <br />Cheers <br />irina
ChezShea February 24, 2012
I notice more and more that as a "cooking culture" we are often drawn to what is "Easy-peasy Lemon-Squeezy" or doing a recipe the "loriginal" long-way home. <br /> <br />I opt for both depending on the time squeeze and the seriousness of the occasion involved. <br /> <br />I love a short-cut now and then also. <br /> <br />Thanks Irina for simplifying a mid-week crisis with cocktails on board! <br /> <br />Thanks to Merrill for the sophisticated recipe with some notriorious difference. <br /> <br />I suppose it will alwaysalso matter to thedirector of the play who is in the audience as well. <br /> <br />Love the "retro-colada".... Thanks again <br /> <br />Chezshea
TylerYork May 5, 2011
This looks delicious, I'll have to try it sometime
Sasha (. May 3, 2011
Pina Coladas will always remind me of my honey moon. Yours looks lovely.
Sasha (. May 3, 2011
Er, honeymoon... although a honey moon can't be all bad, either!