Rum Cocktails | BEST Pina Colada Recipe 2021

The piña colada is a typical Puerto Rican cocktail that is prepared with pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and white rum preferably light rum.

Cream of the coconut is alike to condensed milk with one exception that it is prepared from coconut milk instead of the milk of cow. The cream of coconut is sweet, thick, and syrupy packed in the tin can. One should know that there is a great difference between coconut cream and cream of coconut. 

Coconut cream is the fatty and creamy part of tinned coconut milk. This thick layer can be easily skimmed off the top of the milk. While the cream of coconut is different and the ideal choice for our best stellar Pina colada recipe. 

If you are unable to find the cream of coconut, you can use coconut cream with the addition of sugar or simple syrup according to the taste. Sugar or simple syrup will balance the lack of sweetness in the coconut cream. However, try to evade the canned coconut milk, as it inclines towards too liquid consistency.  

Rum quality is also important to make the best Pina colada. It is better to use light or white rums instead of dark ones because white rums are neutral in flavor and such rums are perfect for traditional Pina colada recipes. 

Our stellar Pina colada recipe is a more recent version of the traditional 1950s frozen Pina colada.  

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Ingredients Required for The Stellar Pina Colada Recipe

  • 2 ounces of Light Rum
  • Pineapple juice 2 ounces of Pineapple Juice
  • 1.5 ounces of Cream of Coconut
  • Lime slice 1 (optional)
  • Pineapple slice and maraschino cherry for garnishing

How to make the Stellar Pina Colada Cocktail?

  1. Gather up all the ingredients.
  2. Pour the pineapple juice, light rum, and cream of coconut, into a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice. For a little less sweet Pina colada, you can squeeze lime juice into the shaker.
  3. Strain the well-shaken Pina colada into a Collins glass or mason jar.
  4. Garnish the stellar Pina colada with the pineapple slice and maraschino cherry.
  5. Serve this classic and famous cocktail and relish the tropical taste. 

Some Tried and Tested Tips for Stellar Pina Colada Recipe

The piña colada is a very dense cocktail, even the shaken form. To lighten the drink up, before pouring the cocktail, fill the glass with ice cubes. Pineapple juice in canned form is easily available and convenient to use. While if you want fresh pineapple juice you can make it by the electric juicer.

What is the Stellar Piña Colada Mix?

As we have seen that a piña colada cocktail has only three ingredients so, it is not worthwhile to waste money and time to buy a Pina colada mix. If you are justifiably worried about indulging in components of the Pina colada mix, you can save your money by purchasing small alcohol bottles instead of buying some costly rums. Though you probably do not get expensive rums in small size, the additional price benefit can validate purchasing pineapple and the cream of coconut, which is less costly than any Pina colada mix anyway.

The Best Brand for the Cream of Coconut

The popular and reliable brands for the cream of coconut are Coco Lopez, Coco Reàl, and Coco Casa. All of these brands are easily available in major stores. These brands are famous because of their preservatives like polysorbate and thickeners. But, if you avoid any of these ingredients, you can simply make cream of coconut at home. It is easy and has just 3 ingredients i.e. sugar, coconut, and milk.

Stellar Pina Colada Recipe Variants

For the best stellar Pina colada, coconut rum is an obvious choice, but one can experiment with mature rums that can be homemade infusions or from the commercially prepared brand. Similarly, one can experiment with fruit variation.

Vodka can also an experimental choice but for those who are heavy drinkers. You can try pineapple vodkas, coconut vodkas, or mix both of them. 

For the frozen kappa colada, mostly brandy is the base alcohol. If you want to make the virgin type of the piña colada it is better to skip the rum and any liquor. 

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How Strong is the Stellar Piña Colada?

This  piña colada recipe   is quite easy and average. It is not the lightest cocktail nor it is classified as the strongest one. The one serving of Pina colada, with 80 proof rum, has 13% ABV, which is equal to a single wine glass.

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