Next time you're having a spring or summer party, try making this virgin Pina Colada recipe. It isn't just for kids, and it will take you to the islands in just one sip. This drink is so refreshing and rich-tasting, you won't even miss the alcohol.
The Pina Colada is a blended or iced cocktail originating from Puerto Rico. It's usually made with white rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice, but in this easy virgin recipe, just nix the rum and use coconut milk instead of the coconut cream.
I use unsweetened pineapple juice for this recipe, but feel free to use sweetened juice if you want a richer drink. Also, because we are using frozen pineapple chunks, you won't really need to add as much ice to these Pina Coladas. Start with 1/4 cup and add more if you want a more frosty drink. Blend it up until the consistency is smooth and creamy.
The traditional Pina Colada is garnished with either a pineapple wedge, a maraschino cherry, or both. In this recipe I usually just use pineapples. Feel free to garnish with what you like, including a little paper umbrella!
If you like this recipe, be sure to check out How to Make a Smoothie! Frozen fruits make cold and creamy drinks with natural sweetness. And for a really fun treat, check out these classics like Oreo Milkshake, and Strawberry Milkshake. Perfect for summer parties!
- 1-1/2 cups frozen unsweetened pineapple chunks (alternatively, if you don't have frozen pineapples, use the fresh fruit and double the amount of ice instead.)
- 1/4 cup ice
- 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1-3 tbsp. brown sugar (optional)
- Garnish: Fresh pineapple wedges
- Garnish: Maraschino cherry
- Place the frozen pineapple chunks and ice in the bottom of a Vita Mix Blender or a regular blender.
- Pour the pineapple juice and coconut milk over top. Add the brown sugar if using. Puree until smooth. Taste to test desired sweetness.
- Pour into glasses, and garnish with fresh pineapple wedges or a maraschino cherry. (For an extra special touch, chill the glasses by filling classes with crushed ice or ice water before pouring Pina Coladas in.)
- Serve immediately with a colorful toothpick umbrella (the umbrella is fun, but optional).
Cleanup Tip: Cleanup is quick and simple if you rinse the blender with water and pop into the dishwasher before the sugars in the drink have a chance to solidify and get sticky. If your blender is not dishwasher safe or you don't have a dishwasher, simply add a bit of soap and warm water into the dirty blender, pop back onto the base for a quick mix, then rinse out with water.