This classic frozen piña colada recipe is filled with luscious coconut and sweet pineapple flavors! Easy and quick to make, you just need a blender, a few ingredients, and about 5 minutes until your sippin’ on the creamy whipped cocktail.
Frozen Piña Coladas are tropical rum cocktails that taste absolutely delish! The pineapple and coconut-flavored frozen drinks are refreshing and perfect for hot summer days. The frozen peach margarita is another popular frozen cocktail you may enjoy.
Did you know that the Piña Colada is Puerto Rico’s national drink? The smooth and creamy cocktail has been around for over 50 years. While that may seem like a long time, Caribbean rum punch has been around for over 350 years!
If you’re looking for another easy summer cocktail, the ocean water cocktail is great for summer parties!
This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- Coconut Cream— brings the desired coconut flavoring
- Coconut Milk— the rest of the delicious coconut flavor profile
- Pineapple Juice— while fresh pineapple juice is ideal, juice from a can will work just fine
- Sugar— adds just the right amount of sweetness to your drink, use as much or as little as you want.
- Ice— this is the basis for your frozen drink
- Rum— I used Captain Morgan’s spiced rum since that is what I had on hand but you can use a white rum such as Bacardi or Don Q to make a more classic Pina Colada if you don’t care for a spiced rum pina colada. A gold rum could work as well.
- Pineapple Juice and Heavy Whipped Cream— optional ingredients to make a fantastic homemade pineapple whipped topping
HOW TO MAKE A FROZEN PINA COLADA COCKTAIL
This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
If you want to serve your creamy pina coladas with the whipped topping, start by preparing that. In a medium-size bowl beat the pineapple juice and heavy cream with an electric mixer for 4-5 minutes until soft peaks form. Set aside.
In a blender, add coconut cream, coconut milk, pineapple juice, rum, sugar, and ice and blitz until no large pieces of ice remain.
Pour into cocktail glasses and top with a dollop of the pineapple whipped cream topping, if using. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry and enjoy.
Blended pina Coladas are best enjoyed immediately. As the cocktail sits the ice will melt and the mixture will begin to separate.
If you have to store them for a short time I would recommend transferring them to a freezer-safe container and storing in the freezer. Give the mixture a stir every 15-20 minutes so that it doesn’t freeze solid. This should keep them at a nice frozen drink consistency.
EXPERT TIPS AND TRICKS
- Don’t forget to stir. It’s normal for your homemade frozen drink to settle and separate a bit because of the different weights of the juice, coconut cream, and rum. Just give it a good stir before you take a sip. Restaurant drinks don’t settle as easily because they use a slushy machine instead of a blender.
- Rim the glass. Take your cocktail up another notch by adding a rim of toasted coconut flakes. Rub a chunk of pineapple or some pineapple juice around your cocktail glass and dip the glass in coconut flakes.
- Make them kid-friendly. You can make a non-alcoholic Pina Colada mocktail by replacing the rum with a bit of water. These virgin Pina Coladas are great for the whole family to enjoy.
PINA COLADA WITH COCONUT CREAM COCKTAIL: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
While a traditional Pina Colada is made using white or gold rum I used spiced rum since that is what I had on hand. Spiced rum gives a slightly different flavor so if you are looking for classic pina colada flavor I recommend white or gold rum.
When your frozen drink becomes too watery, this typically happens because the blender was running for longer than it should have. Blending for too long causes your drink to be too thin and ends up watery.
I prefer using a combination of coconut cream and coconut milk. It is important to note that some pina colada recipes call for cream of coconut, which is different as well.
Your blended pina colada can be customized easily. You can add some fresh pineapple or frozen pineapple chunks alongside or in place of part of the pineapple juice. Or try adding a small amount of coconut extract if you wish to give your drink more of a coconut flavor.
Yes, you can. You can double this recipe, just remember the size of your blender. This may require you to work in batches and make a few large pitchers to use for serving.
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- ⅓ cup coconut cream
- 1 ½ cups coconut milk
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- ¼ cup granulated sugar, or to taste
- 2 cups ice
- 3 ounces rum, ⅜ cup
Pineapple Whipped Cream Topping (optional):
- ¼ cup pineapple juice
- ⅔ cup heavy whipping cream
- For the optional whipped topping: In a medium-size bowl beat the pineapple juice and heavy cream with an electric mixer for 4-5 minutes until soft peaks form. Set aside.
- For the cocktail: In a blender, add coconut cream, coconut milk, pineapple juice, rum, sugar, and ice and blitz until no large pieces of ice remain.
- Pour into cocktail glasses and top with a dollop of the pineapple whipped cream topping, if using. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry and enjoy.
The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by a third party and intended to serve as an estimate only. The accuracy of nutritional information is not guaranteed.