Best Pina Colada Recipe From Scratch

If you are looking for the best Pina Colada recipe for an on the rocks drink, we can help! For the best frozen Pina Colada and other options, please see our Pina Colada Recipe page. Our recipe is so simple that anybody could use it to make an excellent drink, and it is also easily customizable, so that you can make the drink taste exactly the way you want it.

The ingredients for this drink are very simple. You have rum (usually white or silver rum, but you can use your favorite if you prefer), pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and ice. That’s it! By mixing these items together in different proportions, you can customize the drink. We’ll start with the general measurements and then let you know how to customize the drink.

  • 2 or 3 ounces Rum
  • 3 or 4 ounces Pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces Cream of Coconut

The first thing to make sure of is that you realize that Cream of Coconut is not the same thing as coconut milk. Coconut milk is not sweetened, whereas Cream of Coconut is a very sweet, thick concoction that comes in a can. You can normally find it next to the mixers in your grocery store, which is usually on the same aisle as the carbonated beverages. Cream of Coconut is to coconut milk as sweetened condensed milk is to evaporated milk—two entirely different products, so don’t try to substitute coconut milk, or your drink won’t be the same.

This Pina Colada recipe is easy to customize. To customize the drink: if it is a little too sweet, you can try adding some more pineapple juice, but as this is pretty sweet, it may not help. What would help is adding more rum! That will definitely cut the sweetness. If it needs to be sweeter, add more of the Cream of Coconut. If it is too thick and creamy and you want it to be a little thinner, add more pineapple juice. Keep experimenting until you figure out how you like it. With practice, you won’t even have to follow the measurements specified in the pina colada recipe—you can just eyeball it. Good luck with your Pina Coladas!


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