Adam Bernbach's Pi\u00f1a Colada

[Photo: Rachel Tepper]

D.C. mixologist Adam Bernbach tends the bar at Estadio and Proof, but he's also a frozen drink aficionado. The classic piña colada doesn't have to be cheesy—so long as it's made with top-notch ingredients.

Notes: Make demerara syrup by dissolving 8 ounces demerara sugar in 16 ounces of boiling water. Stir until sugar dissolves. Let cool before using.

Adam Bernbach's Piña Colada

About This Recipe

Yield:Makes 4 cocktails
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:15 minutes
Special equipment:Blender
This recipe appears in: 3 Frozen Drinks for Summer's Last Hurrah


  • 8 ounces diced fresh pineapple
  • 8 ounces coconut milk
  • 8 ounces dark rum
  • 4 ounces demerara syrup (see note above)
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice (from 3 to 4 limes)


  1. 1

    Add pineapple, coconut milk, rum, demerara syrup, and lime juice to the jar of a blender. Add 1 quart ice. Blend until ice is completely broken up and the mixture is smooth.

  2. 2

    Divide between 4 serving glasses. Garnish each glass with pineapple fronds.

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