Pina Colada

It’s a sunny Sunday, and I think it calls for a sunny drink! There is no shame on having a pretty cocktail on a beautiful afternoon, and a Pina Colada is a great choice. My version is not super sweet or super heavy, I use unsweetened coconut milk like Coconut Dream. It’s the one in tetra packs near the almond and rice milk not the canned kind you find in the international food section. It’s lighter in fat and doesn’t have a strong coconut flavour so it’s good for baking or using in smoothies. You can use light or dark rum as a substitute for the coconut rum but this drink will taste more like a pineapple-rum drink than a Pina Colada. Fresh pineapple is a must and mint is desirable but won’t ruin the drink if you don’t have it.

Pina Colada

serves two 

  • 2/3 cup fresh pineapple with a few tsp of juice
  • 3-4 oz of coconut rum
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • sprigs of mint (3 for drink, 2 for garnish)
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1-2 tsp organic raw cane sugar
  • a pinch of salt


In a blender add ice, coconut milk, coconut rum, fresh pineapple cut into chunks with juice, 3 mint leaves and a pinch of salt and blend until smooth.

Check for sweetness, I don’t like super sweet drinks so one teaspoon was enough for me but if you like a sweet drink add more sugar.

Pour contents into two margarita or martini glasses. Garnish with mint leaves and additional chunks of pineapple, or ice. Drink immediately, make seconds, possibly thirds, it’s still early.

Try not to sing the pina colada song, I’m sorry but it’s going to happen, it comes with the territory.


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