The Best Piña Colada Recipe

There are good Piña Coladas and then there are excellent Piña Coladas and we have well, tried our fair share. Although the standard Piña Colada Recipe is by far the easiest, by taking just a little extra time and adding a few more ingredients you can turn that average Piña Colada into a creamy and rumlicious tropical delight. By freezing the pineapple, you reduce the need to use as much ice and less ice = more flavor. Plus, the addition of the fresh lime juice, heavy cream and just a dash of bitters makes this a Piña Colada you won’t soon forget.

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The Best Piña Colada Recipe
(makes 2)

2 1/2 to 3 c. fresh pineapple, cubed
4 oz. gold rum (we used Cruzan Aged Rum)
3 oz. cream of coconut (such as Coco Real or Coco Lopez)
2 oz. heavy cream
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
1  c. ice (add just a bit more if needed)
1 small dash of Agnostura bitters (easy does it!)
toasted coconut
nutmeg
1/2 – 1 oz. dark rum to be used as a floater (we used Myers’s Dark Rum)
Maraschino cherry and pineapple slices for garnish

Freeze fresh pineapple chunks until firm. In a blender, add rum, Coco Lopez, heavy cream, lime juice, the bitters and the pineapple and blend together. Add ice and blend again until creamy. If the mixture is too thick, add a few drops of cream or pineapple juice and blend until the desired consistency. Serve in a tall glass. Add a floater of dark rum, a sprinkle of nutmeg and toasted coconut and garnish with a cherry and a pineapple slices.

Pour pineapple juice, cream of coconut and rum into a blender with the crushed ice and blend until smooth. Add more ice if needed to thicken. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with nutmeg and garnish with a slice of orange or pineapple.

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The Best Piña Colada Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2½ to 3 c. fresh pineapple, cubed
  • 4 oz. gold rum (we used Cruzan Aged Rum)
  • 3 oz. cream of coconut (such as Coco Real or Coco Lopez)
  • 2 oz. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 c. ice (add just a bit more if needed)
  • 1 small dash of Agnostura bitters (easy does it!)
  • toasted coconut
  • nutmeg
  • ½ – 1 oz. dark rum to be used as a floater (we used Myers’s Dark Rum)
  • Maraschino cherry and pineapple slices for garnish
Instructions
  1. Freeze fresh pineapple chunks until firm. In a blender, add rum, Coco Lopez, heavy cream, lime juice, the bitters and the pineapple and blend together. Add ice and blend again until creamy. If the mixture is too thick, add a few drops of cream or pineapple juice and blend until the desired consistency. Serve in a tall glass. Add a floater of dark rum, a sprinkle of nutmeg and toasted coconut and garnish with a cherry and a pineapple slices.
  2. Pour pineapple juice, cream of coconut and rum into a blender with the crushed ice and blend until smooth. Add more ice if needed to thicken. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with nutmeg and garnish with a slice of orange or pineapple.


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10 Things You Shouldn’t Miss on Puerto Rico

East of the Dominican Republic and west of the Virgin Islands lies the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Approximately 3,500 sq. miles and about the size of the state of Connecticut, PR is a US territory and US citizens do not need a passport to travel to and from Puerto Rico. With one of the busiest cruise ship ports in the world, many tourists visit Puerto Rico before or after embarking on a cruise.

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Although the list of things to see and do on this culturally colorful island is extensive, we’ve listed 10 Things You Shouldn’t Miss on Puerto Rico to get your travel planning started.

1. Old San Juan
Founded by Spanish colonists in 1521, the 7 square block area contains a wealth of history, culture, restaurants and shopping. Take time to walk down the streets taking in the colors, the historic buildings and delicious aromas surrounding you. Look to see if you can find the blue cobblestones in old town. The bricks were brought over on Spanish ships in the 1700’s and time and moisture have caused them to have a blue hue, but word has it that they are slowly being replaced due to cracking and unevenness.

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2. El Morro and San Cristobal
It’s hard to miss the forts of El Morro and San Cristobal while walking around Old San Juan. Construction on Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro) was begun in 1539 as a way to protect the city from an attack by sea, but it not completed until 1787. Castillo San Cristóbal was built to protect the city from attacks by land. The views here are phenomenal and history is always so much more interesting when you’re able to experience it in person.
Read more about exploring El Morro here

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3. El Yunque
El Yunque National Forest is located approximately 25 miles southeast of San Juan.  Receiving over 200 inches of rain a year, this jungle like area is filled with lush flora and fauna (some species only found here), beautiful waterfalls and trails that crisscross the area for easy exploration. Listen to the sounds of 13 species of coqui fill the air and keep your eyes open for the endangered Puerto Rican amazon (parrot) – the only remaining native parrot in Puerto Rico.
Read more about exploring El Yunque here

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4. Drink a Piña Colada
Named the national drink of Puerto Rico in 1978, you won’t have a problem finding a bar or restaurant that serves one. In fact, two places in San Juan claim to have originally created the creamy rum drink, Barrachina and Caribe Hilton Hotel’s Beachcomber Bar. If you want to do a bit of “research”, you could try one at each location to see which you prefer.

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5. Eat
Puerto Rican cuisine was not something we were familiar with before we started visiting the islands and now we love it. Not typically spicy – but well spiced, it seems to be a unique and tasty blend of influences from different ethnic groups that settled on the island. Mofongo (mashed plantain filled with steak, chicken, shrimp, pork, etc.), Alcapurria (fritters made of green bananas and filled with seasoned meat), Mallorca (Puerto Rican sweet brean), Bacalaítos (fried codfish fritters), Lechón (roasted pig) and Arroz con gandules (the Puerto Rican style of rice and beans made with pigeon peas and sofrito) are just a few of the succulent delicacies or dishes you might find.

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6. Roadside Food Stands
As if there’s not enough good food to choose from in Puerto Rican restaurants, there’s another place to sample great local cuisine with the added bonus of chatting with the cook/owner. On roadways all over Puerto Rico you’ll find roadside food stands selling everything from barbeque chicken to arepas to pinchos.  Want to wash it down with smething cold? Try a Coco Frio (coconut water), Medalla Light (the local beer) or another Piña Colada. Our favorite? A row of food kiosks close to Luquillo Beach!

Luquillo Food KioskLuquillo Beach Food Kiosk

7. Rum

Called the rum capital of the world, Puerto Rico sells 70% of the rum sold in the US. Bacardi is the best known and has a distillery with tours on island, but if you have the chance, be sure to sample the local favorite Don Q and our favorite – Ron Del Barrilito Three Star, considered the “Cognac of the Caribbean”.

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8. Check Out the Non-Tourtisty Areas
Sure it’s great to be able to visit the popular tourist attractions in PR – they’re popular for a reason! But there are so many other things to experience on PR if you have the time and some transportation. If you’re staying on-island and  can rent a car, check out some of these less touristy, but still cool destinations. Spend some time exploring Crash Boat Beach in Aguadilla – the site of a former military port that still has some of the military pier infrastructure, surf in Rincon, a sleepy town on the west coast that is a favorite of expats, kayak over to Gilligan’s Island (Cayo Aurora) from Guánica and do some snorkeling, visit Café Gran Batey Coffee Farm in Utuado for a tour, a tasting and some coffee beans to bring home, and explore the neoclassical architecture of Ponce, Puerto Rico’s second largest city, founded in 1692 by Ponce de Leon’s great grandson.

Boat-Crash-Beach copyright Rum TherapyCrash Boat Beach

9. Explore Puerto Rico’s Beautiful Out Islands 
There are approximately 143 islands, cays, islets and atolls surrounding the island of Puerto Rico and the only inhabited ones – Vieques and Culebra are great for day trips or longer and easy to get to via ferry.

Sun-Bay-(500)-OSun Bay, Vieques

10. Relax
After all the sightseeing, don’t forget to just take time to relax, breathe in the tropical air and enjoy the sunshine. After all, you’re in paradise!

Rio Grande, Puerto RicoGreat place to relax in a hammock in Rio Grande

 Find many of the places mentioned above on our Puerto Rico Map

To see more posts on Puerto Rico and other islands, check out our Island Blog Directory

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10 Best Tropical Rum Drinks

Why is it that the taste of a tropical rum drink can sometimes transport us right back to a hammock on a beautiful beach or a great time with friends at one of our favorite beach bars? Still, whenever I taste a Piña Colada, I can close my eyes and almost feel a light sea breeze blowing while lounging on our boat in the evening during our first BVI sail….

We’ve put together a list of 10 Best Tropical Rum Drinks – those that we remember fondly from our past vacations in the sun. What tropical rum drinks would make your list?

1. Piña Colada

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Can’t remember the first one I sampled, but this is one frozen concoction of pineapple, coconut and rum is one that brings us right back to the islands…This one was enjoyed at The Top Of The Baths, Virgin Gorda.

Piña Colada Recipe

2. The Painkiller

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We sampled our first Painkiller when there was a Pusser’s in Cruz Bay on St. John many years ago…  It has now become one of our favorites and is available in MANY bars in the Caribbean – especially anywhere in the VI. Oh, it also has a pretty tasty cousin – The Nilla Killa!
Painkiller Recipe

3. Caribbean Rum Punch

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We’ve sampled SO many rum punches from tropical locales far and wide that we should be some kind of Rum Punch experts by now. Every place seems to have their own “secret” recipe, but can’t seem to find too many we don’t care for. The difference? The type of rum used and the different fruit juices. One word? YUM!
Caribbean Rum Punch Recipe

4. Frozen Rum Runners

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Just plain awesome. Nothing quite cools ya off as well as a Frozen Rum Runner on a hot tropical day. The non frozen variety are great as well, but the frozen ones, well, kinda like a slushee with a REALLY good kick!
Frozen Rum Runners Recipe

5. Bushwhacker

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Bushwackers’s. Oh. my. I sampled my first Bushwacker atop Paradise Point in St. Thomas many, many years ago and was pretty much hooked. I mean, who wouldn’t be? Chocolate, rum and the amazing overlook of Charlotte Amalie – wow, paradise.
Bushwacker Recipe

6. Bahama Mama

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Pretty much tastes like a tropical paradise! Rum, rum and more rum, lemon juice, pineapple juice AND Kahlua. Careful – this one packs one large tropical kick!
Bahama Mama Recipe

7. Mojito

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Well, if you’ve been following us long, you already know that we are nuts for mojitos. Pictured here is the Perfect Mojito (our favorite) although we’ve posted a ton of fruity variations that are all quite tasty! Check our post: 10 Mojito Variations for other delicious Mojito Recipes!
Perfect Mojito Recipe

8. Banana Daiquiri

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Creamy banana goodness mixed with rum? Ahhh… yes. Here’s one that we really enjoyed at Saba Rock Resort in the BVI. Maybe the great view had something to do with it??
Banana Daiquiri Recipe

9. Mai Tai

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Aloha! First sampled on a dinner cruise in Hawaii, this wonderful concoction brings back memories of swaying palm trees and the sound of the ukelele … Requires a few more ingredients than some of the other tropical rum drinks listed, but well worth it!
Mai Tai Recipe

10. Dirty Banana

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One of the most searched for recipes on our website, this Jamaican delight must be a favorite with many of you. Dark rum, Tia Maria and rum cream liqueur all mixed in with a tasty banana. Ya mon!
Dirty Banana Recipe


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Piña Colada Cupcakes

One of our favorite tropical drinks is the frosty Piña Colada. The taste simply transports us back to the islands. So, when I ran across a recipe for Piña Colada Cupcakes I thought, why not! Mind you, with only 1/4 c. rum, these don’t pack quite as much punch as the actual cocktail, but that means you can probably enjoy them anytime!

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Piña Colada Cupcake

Piña Colada Cupcakes
(makes 24 cupcakes)

1/4 c. coconut rum (we used Cruzan Coconut)
1/2 c. cream of coconut
1 tsp vanilla
1  3/4 c. flour
2  1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c. unsalted butter
1 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple

Preheat the oven to 350`F. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the rum, coconut cream, pineapple with its juice, and vanilla.

In another small mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.

In a medium mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time, beating as you go.

While you’re mixing slowly add the rum mixture to the butter and sugar mixture.

Then add the flour mixture slowly until all the ingredients are well incorporated.

Fill cupcake wrappers 3/4 full and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until tops are starting to turn lightly golden brown.

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Freshly Baked Piña Colada Cupcake

Let the cupcakes cool then ice them with the Coconut Cream Frosting below.

 

Coconut Cream Frosting

16 oz cream cheese
1/2 c. butter
4 c. powdered sugar
4 tbs cream of coconut
(optional) shredded coconut for garnish, pineapple chunks, cherries

In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese, and coconut cream with a mixer.

Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix on low speed until it is completely incorporated.

Ice cooled cupcakes and garnish with shredded coconut, pineapple chunks and cherries, if desired.

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Finished Piña Colada Cupcake

Next step – unwrap one of those puppies and ENJOY! Cheers!

Modified from a recipe found on Restless Chipotle

 

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Piña Colada

The official drink of Puerto Rico, the Piña Colada has long been a favorite vacation drink of mine. The taste just reminds me of digging my toes in the warm sand and basking in the tropical sunshine…

Here’s an easy and tasty recipe for this delicious tropical beverage. (Check out an even more decadent Piña Colada Recipe here!) Enjoy!

Pina Colada Rum RecipePiña Colada
(Makes 2)

4 oz. pineapple juice
4 oz. Coco Lopez cream of coconut
3 oz. light rum
2 c. crushed ice
fresh nutmeg

Pour pineapple juice, cream of coconut and rum into a blender with the crushed ice and blend until smooth. Add more ice if needed to thicken. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with nutmeg and garnish with a slice of orange or pineapple.

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Piña Colada
 
An easy and tasty recipe for this delicious tropical beverage!
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. pineapple juice
  • 4 oz. Coco Lopez cream of coconut
  • 3 oz. light rum
  • 2 c. crushed ice
  • fresh nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Pour pineapple juice, cream of coconut and rum into a blender with the crushed ice and blend until smooth. Add more ice if needed to thicken. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with nutmeg and garnish with a slice of orange or pineapple.


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