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.
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I love a good piña colada. I'm not talking about the sickly-sweet Trader Vic's version with spiced rum (or worse, coconut rum) and a can of coconut milk served in a hollowed-out pineapple. Okay, I do love those, too; but it's hard to justify that many empty calories right up front. Here's a lighter version, perfect for mid-morning, with an innovation borrowed from our friends at Beaker and Flask here in Portland: coconut water ice cubes.
A lighter version of the classic, this cocktail uses coconut water ice cubes in lieu of all that thick coconut milk.
This decadent pina colada is rich and frothy but not too sweet. It's just perfect for a hot day (and maybe a big order of eggy French toast.)
This recipe is for a simple piña colada that uses only the freshest ingredients. While the recipe yields only one drink, it's easy to multiply. Whip up a batch this weekend and serve with your favorite chips and guacamole.