This is not your average Piña Colada. It is not made from a sugary mix nor from a can of concentrate. This is the real deal, people! Real juicy pineapple mixed with real creamy coconut and, of course, some Nectar of the Gods. The coconut cream is from a can, but you don’t really expect us to squeeze out some coconut cream for a cocktail do you? Maybe another day, but today is not that day…
I love the Urban Dictionaries definition for Rum:
Nectar of the gods. Made from sugar. Makes you smarter, better at everything, makes others seem more attractive.
With that raving endorsement, don’t you want some too?!
Debbie prefers white rum. I prefer the dark. Its all a matter of preference. White rum has a lighter flavor and its great for mixing with cocktails if you want to taste more of the fruit. Not everyone loves the flavor of rum… Dark rum has a deep dark flavor, like dark brown sugar, and it really stands out in pretty much anything you mix it with. Its even better when you sip it on the rocks… My two favorites (so far) are Mount Gay from Barbados and Appleton’s from Jamaica. Caribbean Rum is where its at!
You may have noticed that we chose to drink our Piña Colada’s out of a pineapple. Well why not? Sometimes you have to just live in the moment and at that moment it was bright, sunny, and warm outside on my deck. We sat outside in that dazzling sunshine, faces turned to the light, sunglasses on, jackets off and channeled our summertime selves while we drank our Piña Colada, threw the ball for our puppies, and sent selfies to Mark and my sister Sam because they thought we were working hard on the blog and sent us selfies of them having a drink in the sun to make us jealous. Like we would let that sunny day pass without being in it for a while if at all possible. Do they even know us?!
Our Piña Colada is made from fresh muddled pineapple, cold pressed pineapple juice, and coconut cream. If you cant find cold pressed juice, at least use the good pineapple juice that comes in a jar and is not from concentrate. Debbie and I usually don’t really like Piña Coladas just because they are too sweet and they don’t even taste like pineapple and coconut, they just taste sugary. This one has no added sugar at all. Its brilliant.
Kevin and I drank a few Piña Coladas in Curaco last December. The hotel we were at had a little hut on the beach that mixed up drinks for sunbathers and we took full advantage. Our last moments in Curacao were spent on the beach, soaking in as much sunshine as we could, and drinking a Piña Colada. They were the first ones that I liked in a long time, and even though they came from a mix in a carton, the ingredient list (yes I had to look!) was pineapple juice, coconut cream, and cane sugar. Basically. But it gave me the idea to try to make one at home with unprocessed ingredients.
Traditional Piña Coladas are made with blended ice but we made this one with crushed ice instead. For one, then you don’t need a blender to whip one up, but also because the blended ice actually waters down the juice and it doesn’t taste as good. So its not slushy, but it is light, frothy and amazingly fresh. We topped ours with toasted coconut. Debbie’s genius idea! So good. SO so good… Especially when you get to the bottom.
The best part is eating the bottom of the pineapple with the toasted coconut that has sunk with a spoon when your done 🙂
Our pineapple cocktails may have inspired you to have one of your own. And if that’s the case, I need to tell you the best way to carve out your pineapple for your cocktail. With a sharp knife you simply cut around the edge of the pineapple leaving about 1/2 an inch of flesh all the way around. Be careful not to cut all the way to the bottom! Then cut around the outside of the core as well. Next, cut all the way through the big circle that you cut out first both ways like you are making an X through the center of the pineapple. The inside flesh should scoop out pretty easily with a spoon then. Once that’s done only the core should be left and you can easily cut that out once all the fruit has been scooped out. Easy peasy.
Then you can use the scooped out fruit to make your cocktail! Your going to love this one!
- 2 oz light or dark rum (whichever you prefer)
- ½ cup fresh pineapple, chopping it small will help when you muddle it.
- 2 oz coconut cream
- 4 oz of fresh pineapple juice (cold pressed if you can find it)
- toasted coconut for garnish on top
- To make the toasted coconut, throw a ¼ cup of coconut into a pan on medium heat. Toast until it gets nice and brown then take it off the heat. Watch it closely as it can burn quick if your not careful.
- Muddle your pineapple in a martini shaker.
- Add the rum, the pineapple juice, and the coconut cream. Shake it well.
- Fill a glass or a cored out pineapple ½ way with crushed ice.
- Pour the cocktail mixture over the ice, top with toasted coconut and enjoy!