Creamy Pina Colada
Pina coladas are my new favorite cocktail, and my love for them is growing deep. I’m 30 years old and coconut is one of my favorite flavors, but it didn’t always used to be that way. When I was younger, just the smell of coconut grossed me out. I hated it. Anything coconut was not welcome around me. Almond joys? Forget about it. The coconut chocolates you get in a box of chocolates? I would throw them across the room. They say that your taste buds change every seven years, and it looks like that holds true for me. There are so many foods I used to hate that I can’t live without today. Coconut, tuna fish, radishes, liver, capers, the list goes on. But coconut holds a special place in my heart, and I will almost always reach for something coconut flavored now. This creamy pina colada recipe is a great way to get your coconut fix and feel like you’re on vacation.
Pina coladas are a frozen cocktail that have flavors of pineapple and coconut and immediately make me think of a tropical beach. The problem with pina coladas is that they tend to be overly sweet and have a syrup-like consistency due to it’s use of cream of coconut. Some brands of this sweet coconut concentration list sugar as the second ingredient and can have around 42g of sugar per serving! That is a lot of sugar! Not only does this add an unwanted amount of sugar to this drink, but it makes it so syrupy and doesn’t even taste real. I have found the perfect secret and solution for this problem: banana and REAL coconut cream.
I know you may be wondering why there is banana in this recipe. Pina coladas don’t usually have banana in the ingredients or in the flavor. Half of a frozen banana adds an incredibly creamy texture, and a perfect amount of natural sweetness. For the coconut flavor I use real coconut milk and cream. The day before making the cocktail I place a can of full-fat coconut milk in the refrigerator. Overnight, the thick coconut cream rises to the top and leaves the coconut milk at the bottom. I use a heaping tablespoon of the cream and ¼ cup of the coconut milk before for the cocktail. If you like more coconut flavor you can use more coconut milk, and of course you can use less coconut milk if you prefer a stronger pineapple flavor. There are cans of coconut cream available which I love too. Using the coconut cream from the coconut milk reduces the cost of the drink, but they are both great ingredients.
Frozen and Fresh
The frozen pineapple, banana and ice make this pina colada so creamy with a perfectly frozen consistency. The coconut cream gives it the natural coconut flavor without all the added sugar and ingredients. These ingredients make this drink so fresh, delicious and creamy and I have been craving it daily. I hope you love it as much as I do! I use a Vitamix blender to get this perfect consistency, but a regular blender works just fine as well.
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Creamy Pina Colada
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 6 oz pineapple juice
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 tbsp coconut cream from can, see note
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 3 oz white rum
- 1/2 lime juiced
- 1 cup ice
- Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender for 1 minute until smooth.