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The Best Pina Colada Mix

The Best Pina Colada Mix – This fruity homemade Pina Colada mix recipe is perfect for serving as a refreshing blended frozen drink or on the rocks. Enjoy the best classic pineapple coladas with rum or as Virgin Pina Coladas!

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Nothing says summer quite like sitting poolside with a frosty blended drink in your hand.

Even if I’ve just got my feet splashing in a kiddie pool in the backyard, give me a refreshing frozen beverage and suddenly I feel like I’ve been transported to my favorite resort, complete with palm trees and ocean breezes.

And if it’s a fruity and fresh adult drink with a splash (or two) of rum? Now we are talking full-on summer vacation mode happiness anywhere you are!

frozen pina coladas

The Best Pina Colada Mix Recipe

There are so many terrifically delicious alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) summer drinks you can make this season. Some of the most popular we’ve shared over the years include this Frozen Coconut Mojito and our Cucumber Ginger Mint Agua Fresca. Check out the Beverages section of the site for even more unique drink recipes!

Now added to our lineup of creative smoothies, slushies, and party punches, today we are sharing the most tried and true Pina Colada Mix Recipe. It has the best classic pineapple and coconut flavor, with that perfectly silky frozen texture that you know and love.

This simple recipe was designed for Frozen Pina Coladas with rum, but can be served on the rocks and/or as Virgin Pina Coladas.

homemade pina coladas

What Ingredients You Need

Homemade Pina Coladas only require a few simple ingredients and are made in just minutes!

Here’s everything you need to make the best homemade Pina Colada Mix:

  • Cream of coconut – either store bought or homemade
  • Pineapple juice
  • White rum
  • Dark rum
  • Lime juice
  • Frozen pineapple chunks – if you are making blended Pina Coladas
  • Ice

The combination of white rum and dark rum makes the drinks nice and strong without having too harsh of an alcohol taste. For Virgin Pina Coladas simply skip adding these.

The most traditional garnishes for Pina Coladas are maraschino cherries and fresh pineapple slices. However, you can also use a lime wedge or a spring of mint. Or even whipped cream if you feel extra festive!

coconut and pineapple

How to Make the Best Homemade Pina Coladas

There are three easy ways to enjoy this classic Pina Colada mix as perfectly refreshing summer drinks:

  1. For The Best Frozen Pina Coladas: Place all the ingredients in the blender and puree until smooth and frothy. Pour into hurricane glasses and serve immediately.
  2. For Pina Colada On the Rocks: Set out a 2 cup measuring pitcher. Combine the cream of coconut, pineapple juice, both rums, and lime juice in the pitcher. Stir well. Fill two tall glasses with ice and pour in the Pina Coladas.
  3. To Make the Best Virgin Pina Coladas: Place the cream of coconut, 7 ounces pineapple juice, lime juice, pineapple chunks, and ice in the blender. (Omit the rums.) Puree until smooth and frothy. Pour into hurricane glasses and serve immediately.
frozen blended pina coladas

Garnish with your choice of goodies, like cherries or pineapple slices. Serving homemade Pina Coladas with fancy straws and/or paper umbrellas are always fun, too!

Want your Pina Coladas a bit more potent? Serve them with a floater (an extra shot of rum) on the side to be mixed in as needed.

Cheers!

Get the Complete (Printable) Best Homemade Pina Colada Mix Recipe Below. Enjoy!

serve the best pina coladas on the rocks or frozen

Can I Make Pina Colada Mix Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can! Blend all of the ingredients together except for the frozen pineapple chunks and ice, and keep in an airtight container in the fridge for several days until you are ready to enjoy.

Then to make blended frozen Pina Coladas, combine the refrigerated mix with frozen pineapple and ice in the blender. For Pina Coladas on the rocks, simply pour the pre-made mix over ice and serve.

What Can I Use Instead of Rum in Pina Coladas?

No rum? No problem!

Vodka is a common substitute for rum in Pina Coladas. However, since vodka definitely has a distinct taste and lacks the sweetness of rum, it’s recommended that you add a splash of simple syrup or extra pineapple juice to the classic homemade Pina Colada Mix Recipe.

Skip the alcohol all together for Virgin Pina Coladas. You can add a few shots of coconut milk to make up for the alcohol and create an even creamier colada.

frozen blended or on the rocks virgin pina coladas

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The Best Pina Colada Mix Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
This fruity homemade Pina Colada mix recipe is perfect for serving as a refreshing blended frozen drink or on the rocks. Enjoy the best classic pineapple coladas with rum or as Virgin Pina Coladas!
Servings: 2 drinks

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cream of coconut (Coco Lopez)
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 2/3 ounce lime juice
  • 5-6 frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 ½ cups ice

Instructions

  • For The Best Frozen Pina Coladas: Place all the ingredients in the blender and puree until smooth and frothy. Pour into hurricane glasses and serve immediately.
  • For The Best Virgin Pina Coladas: Place the cream of coconut, 7 ounces pineapple juice, lime juice, pineapple chunks, and ice in the blender. (Omit the rums.) Puree until smooth and frothy. Pour into hurricane glasses and serve immediately.
  • For Pina Colada On the Rocks: Set out a 2 cup measuring pitcher. Combine the cream of coconut, pineapple juice, both rums, and lime juice in the pitcher. Stir well. Fill two tall glasses with ice and pour in the Pina Coladas.

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Notes

Want your Pina Coladas a bit more potent? Serve them with a floater (extra shot of rum) on the side to be mixed in as needed.
Pina Colada Garnishes: The most traditional garnishes are maraschino cherries and fresh pineapple slices. However, you can also use a lime wedge or a spring of mint. Paper umbrellas are also fun!

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink, Calories: 478kcal, Carbohydrates: 58g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Sodium: 48mg, Potassium: 55mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 54g, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Beverage, cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Caribbean
Author: Sommer Collier

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5 comments on “The Best Pina Colada Mix”

  1. Is it really meant to be 2 ounces of lime juice not tsps?

  2. a blast from the past for me, thank you for reminding me how much I love the taste of pina coladas, love the coconut in them, a nice contrast to the pineapple

  3. Take me back to the tropics! This drink was fabulous! Was so good!

  4. This was a huge hit at my house!! Yummy!