Easy Piña Colada Cooler

easy pina colada recipe from scratch

You only need three ingredients to make the best piña colada recipe. Tropical, smooth and delicious and just slightly boozy makes an easy piña colada cocktail.

easy pina colada recipe from scratch

Piña Colada translates from Spanish to “strained pineapple,” because the best piña colada cocktails are made from freshly strained pineapple. So, best piña colada recipe is the one you make yourself! And the good news is that it’s super easy. Three ingredients easy.

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Make an Authentic Piña Colada Drink

Ingredients (scroll down for proportions and directions)

  • Bacardi Superior Rum
  • Pineapple juice
  • Cream of Coconut


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What Alcohol Goes in a Piña Colada?

Traditionally, rum is used to make a frozen piña colada recipe. I like using a light rum like Bacardi, but you could also use dark rum.What’s the difference between light rum and dark rum?

Light, silver or white rum is aged less than other varieties. Dark rum is aged in charred oak or wooden barrels and thus ends up darker in color with a bolder flavor.

If you like stronger flavored rum you can certainly use dark Bacardi rum.

If you’re looking for a very sweet option Malibu rum might be for you because it is additionally flavored with coconut. To make a piña colada with Malibu, just substitute for your favorite rum.


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Can You Use Coconut Milk instead of Cream of Coconut?

The short answer is yes. Coconut milk is not as sweet as cream of coconut and is also more watery, but it will still make a tasty piña colada. To make the piña colada recipe with coconut milk just substitute the cream of coconut  for the milk in this recipe.

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How Do You Make a Piña Colada from Scratch?

Place ice, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and the rum into a blender. Blend until smooth and frosty. Pour the drink into 2 glasses and garnish the rim with pineapple slices.

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Best Piña Colada Recipe

Ingredients (makes 2 cocktails)

  • 4 oz Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 6 oz  Pineapple juice or 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1 oz Cream of Coconut


  1. Pour all of the ingredients into a blender. Fill with ice and blend. I like a little chunks of ice and fruit pieces in my piña, so don’t over blend. Then just pour and enjoy!

Additional Notes

  • Use fresh pineapple chunks rather than pineapple juice for a creamy piña colada recipe. 
  • You can also use frozen pineapple to make your cocktail.
  •  Make a pineapple cup for your piña colada. First, cut off the crown of the pineapple. Then, work with your knife to make an internal ring of the pineapple meat. Begin cutting sideways until you have removed the core and the surrounding meat. Then simply pour the cocktail into your pineapple.

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This post was originally published in partnership with Collective Bias and Bacardi Rum. All opinions are mine alone. 


  • Reply Irina Hozman August 16, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Very great presentation!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA August 16, 2017 at 10:26 AM

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Patricia August 9, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    I’m not a big fan of coconut and typically wouldn’t go for something like this, but it looks seriously refreshing!!!

  • Reply Heather Montgomery August 9, 2017 at 6:15 AM

    Yummy! Thankfully I live in Florida so we have summer year round!

  • Reply Leslie August 8, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Looks absolutely vacation/staycation worthy!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA August 8, 2017 at 6:59 PM

      Yes, pina colada totally equal vacation in my book!

  • Reply Carolyn August 8, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Pina Coladas are my favorite frozen drink. I love summer and am sad it is almost over. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA August 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM

      Who said we couldn’t have pina coladas all year round?!

  • Reply sofiya makhnovetskaya August 8, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    “My mom is a fan of rum so we always try to have a bottle of Bacardi Superior on hand for when she visits.” Soon! Stock up!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA August 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM

      Yes! On it 🙂

  • Reply Belle August 8, 2017 at 7:46 AM

    Oh my! That sounds refreshing! I need some!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA August 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM

      Come over, lolz 🙂

  • Reply Adriana August 8, 2017 at 7:40 AM

    And it’s vegan! Haha. Count me in!!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA August 8, 2017 at 7:01 PM

      Yes ma’am!

  • Reply Dani Adams August 8, 2017 at 7:05 AM

    Totally love how we are kicking off he end of summer with a tasty beverage here. If you’re gonna do it, do it right! This looks delicious, I will have to join you and give it a go.

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA August 8, 2017 at 7:01 PM

      Yes, the more the merrier, cheers!

  • Reply Emily August 8, 2017 at 6:37 AM

    This looks tasty and perfect for summer! I love all things coconut so I would love this drink. Maybe after I finish my whole30, I’ll make one up!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA August 8, 2017 at 7:01 PM

      That would be a delicious reward for finishing whole30!

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