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Piña colada • cocktail with pineapple, coconut and rum

door Linda Terrizzi

The piña colada is one of the classic cocktails. It is a mix of delicious Caribbean flavors: pineapple, coconut and rum. By combining these flavors you immediately imagine yourself on a tropical island with this cocktail. So nice summer!

In the Antilles we use a combination of coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk in the piña colada, but officially coconut milk is the 'correct' ingredient for the piña colada. Both ways are equally delicious.



CAUTION: in this article I give you both the recipe for a single cocktail and the Antillean party recipe for a large bottle (more than 2 liters) of piña colada. The classic cocktail contains relatively more alcohol than our 'party version'. Are you looking for the recipe for the large bottle? It's at the bottom!

Alcohol-free piña colada

If you want to make this cocktail alcohol-free — for example because there are children or pregnant women in the company — you can do this as follows:

Mix a few drops of rum essence with 2 tablespoons of water and add it to the cocktail instead of the rum. It balances the sweet pineapple juice and you can enjoy a delicious 'virgin piña colada'.

Ingredients for 1 cocktail:

This recipe is for 1 piña colada cocktail



  • 60 ml (white) rum
  • 30 ml coconut milk
  • 30 ml sweetened condensed milk
  • 60 ml pineapple juice
  • 1 piece of canned pineapple, for decoration
  • 1 cocktail cherry or lime wedge, to garnish

    extra: ice cubes – for shaking

Preparation piña colada cocktail:

TIP: It's best to use a cocktail shaker for this recipe. Don't you have it? No problem! Use an empty glass jar with a metal lid (for example a jam jar) – this works great too!

Fill a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes. Then add the pineapple juice, coconut milk, condensed milk and rum. Shake these ingredients well so that all the flavors of the cocktail are well mixed.

Pour the contents of the shaker through a sieve into a large glass. Do you prefer the ice cream in the piña colada? That's possible too! In that case, the sieve may be omitted.

Decorate your glass with a piece of pineapple, a cherry or a slice of lime – enjoy your drink!


Recipe from our cookbook

The piña colada cocktail is one of the classic drinks you can find in our cookbook 'the complete Antillean kitchen' can find. And of course, in addition to other drinks and cocktails, you will find no fewer than 300 recipes that summarize the complete Antillean cuisine.

From appetizers and snacks to pies, soup, stews or other main dishes… everything is included! You can find the book in our webshop, or at any other (internet) bookstore.

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Ingredients large bottle (2 liters):

  • 400 ml of white rum
  • 400 ml (1 can) coconut milk
  • 397 ml (1 can) sweet condensed milk
  • 400 ml pineapple juice
  • 10 canned pineapple slices, preferably in syrup

Preparation of a large bottle of piña colada

Mix all ingredients in a blender and put the mix in large bottles (e.g. empty cola bottles). Cool the piña colada well and serve the drink with some ice.

Also try

Do you love pineapple? Try this delicious and healthy cucumber and pineapple salad!


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