The Pina Colada seems like such a rookie drink; you know something you probably drank a lot of when you were getting your feet wet.  Come on I know that you know the version I am thinking of.  Icy cold, pumped out of a machine behind the bar and filled with bad alcohol.  It was kind of cool, in my head is going to hurt kind of way, and I do not care because I am twenty-two.

Pina Colada

There are three things that I typically do not like about frozen cocktails such as the Pina Colada.  These three things are  1) overly sweet, way too much sugar and it hides the alcohol;  2) ice dilutes your cocktail before you can barely have your third or fourth sip;  3) bottom of the barrel alcohol is used, bang for your buck theory.  Those reasons alone keep me away from this tropical poolside treat.  Except when we are in Vegas or Hawaii and are enjoying some pool time, we find ourselves ordering up one of those bad for you pina colada. Every time, I vow to come home and make a great pina colada.

This cocktail recipe was inspired by many bad pina coladas, and by Bon Appetite.  Upon doing some research, their recipe was the only one that did not use ice. Instead, it called for frozen pineapple.  Gosh, I love cocktails that use frozen ingredients as ice and do not dilute a great experience.   After making their version a few times, I started messing around with it to satisfy our taste buds even more.  I tossed in some fresh pineapple juice as well I used dark rum as we tend to like the spiciness more than a white rum.  I added a floater of Amaro di Angostura just before serving.

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Pina Colada

** makes two


1/4 fresh pineapple, peeled, cut into pieces and frozen (I cut up entire pineapple and freeze for future uses)

4 ounces Coco Lopez sweetened cream of coconut, shake well to mix before opening

2 ounces unsweetened full-fat coconut milk, shake well to mix before opening

2 ounces pineapple juice

4 ounces dark rum

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

floater of Amaro di Angostura

cherries for garnish

lime wedge for garnish

paper umbrella for garnish

How To:

Place the frozen pineapple, cream of coconut, coconut milk, pineapple juice, dark rum and lime juice into a blender.

Blend until smooth.

Pour into a cocktail glass.

Using back of a spoon pour a floater of Amaro di Angostura over the top of the pina colada.

Garnish with a cherry and lime wedge.

Umbrella optional.

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