Pina Colada

Pina Colada Cocktail

How to make Pina Colada? Preparation time5 min Number of people: 3


  • 100 ml of white rum.
  • 250 ml of pineapple juice. 
  • 150 ml of coconut milk.
  • ice to taste
  • Natural pineapple to decorate.



  • Hand or American blender.
  • Spoon to stir.
  • cocktail shaker

The Piña Colada is a delicious recipe with rum that you can prepare when the heat is on. This tropical cocktail has its origin in the Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was the creation of the barman “Monchito” (Ramón) Romero who in 1954 made one of these cocktails for the first time in order to attract new customers to the hotel bar.

Ramón wanted his drink to have the tropical personality of the island, so he decided that its main ingredients would be rum, pineapple and coconut. That original Piña Colada recipe used Cream of Coconut, a Puerto Rican liqueur that helped make this cocktail a landmark cocktail and, since 1978, the national drink of Puerto Rico.

Another more extravagant legend tells that it was the 19th century pirate Roberto Cofresí who invented this drink. According to what they say, aboard the Mosquito, his pirate ship, Cofresí mixed rum with pineapple juice and coconut water to boost the morale of his men and combat the harsh conditions of the Caribbean heat.

As for its preparation, although it is possible to use commercial pineapple juice, if you prefer recipes with natural pineapple, you can make your own juice by passing the pineapple through a blender. Similarly, if you prefer a non-alcoholic Piña Colada, you can make it by removing the rum from the recipe.

The good thing about the ingredients of the Piña Colada is that they are quite flexible, since in addition to changing the rum or pineapple juice, you can also change the coconut water for Malibu or Mangaroca, which will make its preparation much easier.

For the traditional recipe, either in the shaker or in the blender, you must add the ice, the rum, the pineapple juice and the coconut milk, close well and shake or beat well for five or six minutes. You will know that it is done when the liquid has consistency and has created a kind of fine foam, similar to that of a granita. In addition, it must be cooled well.

To finish, serve in glasses or long glasses and decorate with a little natural pineapple or, if you prefer to give it a more Caribbean touch, with a small umbrella. The most important thing is that you serve it cold, so if you have prepared it in advance, you should keep it in the fridge.

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