Cook the Book: Piña Colada

Cook the Book: Pi\u00f1a Colada

Book CoverNothing says 'summer' quite like a piña colada. The mere mention of the sweet, tropical cocktail conjures images of poolside lounge chairs, wide-brimmed beach hats, and broiling sunshine. Too often, however, piña coladas are pre-made in giant frozen beverage machines and have an artificial, over-the-top coconut taste.

Today's Cook the Book recipe, excerpted from Margaritas, Mojitos, & More, 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.

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  • Yield:1 drink


  • 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces dark rum
  • 1 tablespoon cream of coconut
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 wedge pineapple, for garnish
  • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish
  • 1 orange slice, for garnish


  1. 1.

    Pour the pineapple juice, rum, cream of coconut, and heavy cream into a blender. Add the ice. Blend the ingredients until smooth. Pour into a chilled festive cocktail glass. Spear the fruit together with a toothpick. Garnish with the fruit spear.