Piña Colada

Friday, July 8, 2011

I'm know I'm not the only one with coconut-scented vacation dreams; something about the smell of Hawaiian Tropic still makes me think of sand between my toes, even if the bottle from an ill-conceived high school summer sits in my childhood bathroom 7/8ths full. So while I won't be slathering myself in tanning oil ever again, I can get a taste of vacation anytime with a perfectly sweet piña colada!


Piña Colada

2 oz of rum
1 1/2 oz of cream of coconut
2/3 oz of pineapple juice
1/2 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz of pineapple gum syrup (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker or blender with ice. Shake for 5 to 7 seconds or blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass.

Notes: Rum is hard to beat, but I'd also suggest substituting tequila in this beachy libation. Frankly, it's difficult to tell the difference between all that cream of coconut and pineapple juice, anyway, so if you have tequila on hand, why not use it?

You probably have a bottle of Coco Lopez in your pantry, maybe from another evening of piña coladas or from a coconut cream pie. While it'll do in a pinch, try Goya's version or check out your local Asian grocery-coconut cream is thicker and more delicious when it's intended for savory cooking!

Cheers, darlings!

Photo via Exposition Universelle des Vins et Spiritueux.

31 comments:

  1. I love your ability to get me in the mood for a cocktail at 7am on a friday morning! :] Hope you have a good weekend!

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  2. I am not much of a fan but this recipe sounds really good. Must try.

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  3. delicious! i'll have to forward this to a friend of mine who absolutely loves pinda coladas!

    hope youre having a wonderful friday where you are, xx.

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  4. I am not a fan of pineapples, but the song "do you like pina coladas, getting lost in the rain"... makes me wish I could like them! :D

    http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

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  5. Haha I love that Anna mentioned the pina colada song because that is totally what came into my head!

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  6. Pinas are about my favorite beach drink...I wish they weren't so high in calories but I pretend they don't have any when I am on vacation. It is a liquid after all?!

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  7. man- I would love a drink- it is only 8am

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  8. mark me down for a YES. As in... I want one. he he! Looks delish + so perfect for this hot weather down here in GA!

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  9. Ah that looks so good right now!
    xo
    Alexa
    www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

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  10. Yes!! how is it that you pick the best cocktails!! I have to try it with the squeeze of lime. have a great w/e!

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  11. Hawaiin Tropic is my all time favorite scent... no matter the time of year! This drink looks fantastic, yum!

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  12. One of my all time fave drinks! Happy weekend!

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  13. ugh your man is a lucky lucky man. he must love that your a master mixer! Can I please live with you and enjoy the cocktail hour :)

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  14. Coconut drinks are my favorite! I'm a bit nostaligic about banana boat oil also, too much guilt, spf 30 is my friend ;)

    I could eat the cream of coconut with a spoon, so dangerous!

    Have a great weekend!

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  15. Oh hey send one this way will ya, Lena? That sounds DIVINE right about now :)

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  16. Perfect for summer! My new summer candle has a strong coconut smell and its like an instant vacation - adding a cocktail would make it better of course :)

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  17. now i am gonna have the Piña Colada song stuck in my head all day and for that i thank you

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  18. Pina Coladas are my favorite summer cocktail. There is no drink I'd rather have in my hand on a warm summer night!

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  19. Mmm, it sounds so good! I love coconut!

    x
    Lost in the Haze

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  20. Oh my goodness - this is really making me question why it's probably been years since I've had one of these. I guess it's one of those drinks you don't think to order until you're on a tropical vacation, but why, I ask? This.Sounds.Delicious.

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  21. nothing like a pina colada to think of summer in the islands!

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  22. It's sweet of you to post the recipe, but really, can't you just come make it for me? I have a pool. . . it wouldn't be a completely fruitless journey for you. ;)

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  23. oh.my.goodness. i'm about to fire up some big brother and this would accompany the mayhem beautifully...

    ps-i think you ff'd me today and i may not have ff'd back. i'm sorry if i didn't answer! spent the day on the lounger that the interloper from the other day broke 2 slats on. oh yeah. get there.

    xo,
    C

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  24. Ooooh...I need something like this right now!!! You make me dream, Lena darling!
    Hugs.
    Laura@RicevereconStile

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  25. A classic cocktail! Yum. Hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks for forwarding our post to your momma! xo style, she wrote

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  26. one of my absolute favorite classic cocktails!!

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  27. Yum! Who does not like pinas? I can drink them like juice! The flavors are amazing! My mouth is watering! xo

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  28. pina coladas are my favorite flavor on the planet. YUM. what i wouldnt give for one right now :)

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  29. This is my GO TO summer drink, i love!

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  30. True story: in college, six gal pals and I spent spring break in the Bahamas. We decided to save money on food by getting our primary morning sustenance from pina coladas and the pineapple garnish. Oh, youth.

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