Classic Cocktails & Drinks With A Funky Twist

Pina Colada

5 from 21 votes

Posted: 04/22/23

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This is, hands down, the BEST Pina Colada recipe because it is so simple. Throw out your Pina Colada mix, because you only need three ingredients to make it yourself. The flavor trifecta of pineapple, coconut, and rum along with the smooth frozen texture just can’t be beat when it comes to feeling and tasting that tropical vibe.

glass of pina colada with straws, pineapple wedge, and cherry

Pina Coladas have long been the subject of song lyrics, movies, and even politics. It’s the national drink of Puerto Rico, after all. So whether you’re in need of two Pina Coladas (one for each hand, right Garth?) or ready to sip Pina Coladas while getting caught in the rain a la Rupert Holmes, this recipe is for YOU.

It’s easy, sweet, and creamy… the perfect cocktail to sip while soaking in the summer sun or needing a dose of sunshine during those colder months. Grab your blender and kick your feet up!

Two glasses of pina colada with straws, pineapple wedge and cherry

Frozen Pina Colada Ingredients

This recipe is a total winner because it has only three ingredients and no added sweetener! This recipe makes two large cocktails, but it’s so easy to keep adding ingredients to keep the party going all summer long. For the measurements and full recipe, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Frozen pineapple: Because it uses frozen fruit rather than ice, the cocktail is smooth and frozen but won’t get watered down. Using frozen pineapple is easy to keep on hand and will also save you time from having to cut a fresh one.
  • Light rum: It is important to use light or white rum in this recipe as the flavor goes best with the other ingredients.
  • Sweetened coconut milk: Adds a sweet coconut flavor and smooth, creamy texture to the cocktail. This is different than coconut cream so make sure to check your label. It adds sweetness and a nice creamy finish. I love the Coco Lopez brand.

two glasses of pina colada with straws, pineapple wedge, and cherry

How to Make a Pina Colada

It’ll mix up perfectly every time and can easily be doubled or tripled to entertain a crowd. Here is a brief overview of how this easy pina colada recipe comes together. For the full recipe, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Combine ingredients. In a blender, combine frozen pineapple chunks, sweetened coconut milk, and white rum.
  • Blend. Blend it all up until smooth and pour into glasses. Fresh pineapple wedges and maraschino cherries make the perfect garnish. Add a cocktail umbrella for an extra tropical touch! Cheers!

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Pina Colada Variations

Try these simple variations on the classic Pina Colada recipe!

Non Alcoholic Pina Colada

To make a pina colada mocktail, simply skip the rum and blend the frozen pineapple and sweetened coconut milk together with some pineapple juice until smooth.
Non Alcoholic Pina Colada garnished with pineapple and a cherry
two glasses pina colada with straws, pineapple wedge, and cherry

Other Tropical Drinks

We have so many cocktails filled with tropical flavor. Here are a few to try.

If you try this pina colada recipe or any of my others, please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

glass of pina colada with straws, pineapple wedge, and cherry
5 from 21 votes

Pina Colada

Serves: 2 large cocktails
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
This three-ingredient Pina Colada is the best! So easy and simple to make! Throw out your Pina Colada Mix, because all you need is this!


  • 3 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut milk like Coco Lopez
  • 3/4 cup white rum


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. 
Course: Drinks
glass of pina colada with straws, pineapple wedge, and cherry

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Lisa Longley has been creating great recipes for more than a decade. While it is too hard for her to pick her favorite cocktail, she is known to love our dirty martini.

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  1. Connie Elliott says

    I’m excited to try this but I’m not able to find ‘sweetened’ coconut milk.
    Do you think I can just add some surgery and how much?

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