Do you like Pina Coladas, well then this post is for you.  This coconut/pineapple inspired drink is awesome!  It is one of those drinks that can go amazingly awesome or horribly wrong and taste like suntan lotion.  I experimented with a few recipes and came to one conclusion; use coconut cream and not coconut milk.  The coconut milk did not have the sweet coconut flavor I was looking for.  Once I figured out that coconut cream was the way to go, this cocktail was ready for prime time Memorial Day status.  All together this is a pretty simple recipe.  However, for its simplicity it is extremely tasty and it will definitely make you a star at a party.

Pina Colada

I picked up a couple coconut glasses at the local party store.  I had to get into the spirit of things.

Pina Colada (Makes 2 drinks)

  • 1/4 cup coconut rum (I like Malibu)
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 2 cups ice

Add all of the ingredients into a blender and turn it on until everything is smooth and you do not see any more ice chunks.  Pour into a glass and serve with a maraschino cherry and a pineapple wedge.

Pina Colada Closeup

I made this drink a couple of times and the first was when Dana’s friend Kristy was in town.  I made it with coconut milk as the local store was sold out of coconut cream.  Needless to say it was not that tasty.  It was a borderline epic failure. However, Kristy drank it like a champ.  Sorry it was not great Kristy.  Once Kristy left, Dana and I tried again this time with coconut cream.  It was delicious and nutritious, the perfect summer time treat.  Ok, not sure about the nutritious part, but it was definitely delicious!

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  1. Love the coconut glass, hilarious.

    Got the bbq sauce yesterday, thanks a ton! Can’t wait to try it out.

    • @Chris – The glasses were a hoot. They came with crazy straws, but the hole in the straw was way too small to use. Glad you got the bbq sauce. Let me know what you think. I am a huge fan of the sweet sauce.

      @Jenn – You really need to try the alcoholic version sometime. It makes any place that you drink it feel like the beach.

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