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Costa Rican Piña Colada Recipe

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If you like getting caught in the rain, then this one is for you!  Before the summer wraps up, here is a classic Costa Rican pina colada recipe to enjoy. 

Costa Rican Piña Colada Recipe

Ingredients for a single serving: 

  • 3 oz fresh pineapple juice 
  • 2 oz coconut milk or CocoLoco 
  • 3 oz dark rum 
  • 3/4 cup crushed ice or ice cubes 

Instructions:

Prepare a batch of fresh pineapple juice according to this recipe, or use the store-bought variety.

Pour your pineapple juice, coconut milk, rum, and ice into a blender and pulse until fully incorporated.

Voila– an instant trip to the tropics!

If you’d like to make a whole pitcher, then quadruple the recipe above. (12 oz of pineapple juice and dark rum, 4 oz of coconut milk, and 3 cups of ice.)

This would be a great recipe to freeze into homemade Costa Rican ice cream!

About This Piña Colada Costa Rica Recipe

Sweet, cold, and refreshing, this iconic drink is not only the hook to a Rupert Holmes track, but a summer staple in its own right!

It might have something to do with the fact that I spend a lot of time in sunny Costa Rica, but I love a good pina colada. (There’s so much fresh pineapple down there, so I had to take advantage!)

Before the summer wraps up, I wanted to share my go-to pina colada recipe with you all! This recipe is quick, simple, and only requires four ingredients. 

This is a great example of one of the most popular Costa Rican Cocktails and Alcoholic Drinks.

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Substitutions

Pineapple juice from the carton or the can is a quick and tasty alternative to making fresh juice from scratch.  Frozen or canned pineapple chunks with 1 tsp of sugar will also do the trick!

It’s also possible to skip the pineapple juice in favor of a piña colada mix. 

Variations

You’re welcome to add the same amount of coconut cream (I like the Coco Lopez variety) for a slightly richer taste, or even vanilla ice cream if you’re feeling especially decadent! Coconut water (agua de coco) is another way to achieve that distinctive coconut flavor. 

A squeeze of lime juice will also jazz up your piña colada!

Somewhat controversially, I prefer to use dark rum, but light rum (ron blanco) works, too! In Costa Rica, make sure to ask for the Ron Centenario- that’s standard. Here in the States, you can get Flor de Cana, a Nicaraguan rum that’s a great substitute. Otherwise, Bacardi Silver rum is great, as is Appleton white rum. 

Another way to enjoy your piña colada is by freezing it in a popsicle mold overnight– hello, frozen piña colada pops!

Serving Suggestions

Serve your pina colada in a tall glass and sip away! Maraschino cherries, mini umbrellas, cubed pineapple, and coconut shavings are always fun garnishes if you’re in a festive mood. 🙂

For fun, you can hollow out a pineapple and use that fruit to make your juice. Then, pour your pina colada into the hollowed-out pineapple for an eco-friendly glass you can just compost when done! No dishes to wash. 😉

FAQ

1.) What country invented the pina colada?- The pina colada was developed in Puerto Rico in 1954.

2.) What does pina colada mean?- Pina colada translates to “strained pineapple” in Spanish.

3.) What are the best types of rum to put in a pina colada?- Traditionally, pina coladas require light rum, but I love the flavor dark rum lends it. Try Captain Morgan’s Coconut rum or Malibu brand dark rum. Spiced rums work as well!

Printable Recipe

Yield: 1 serving

Pina colada Recipe

Pina colada in a hollowed out pineapple with the beach in the background.

If you like getting caught in the rain, then this one is for you!  Before the summer wraps up, here is a classic pina colada recipe to enjoy. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 oz fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 oz coconut milk or CocoLoco
  • 3 oz dark rum
  • 3/4 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Prepare a batch of fresh pineapple juice according to this recipe, or use the store-bought variety.
  2. Pour your pineapple juice, coconut milk, rum, and ice into a blender and pulse until fully incorporated.

Notes

If you'd like to make a whole pitcher, then quadruple the recipe above. (12 oz of pineapple juice and dark rum, 4 oz of coconut milk, and 3 cups of ice.)

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 789Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 127gFiber: 10gSugar: 99gProtein: 5g

Please double-check this information with your favorite nutrition calculator.

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