Pina Colada Recipe With Malibu Rum

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Summer weather calls for a creamy Pina Colada by the pool. There’s no better way to relax and enjoy the topical weather. Here is a fantastic and easy recipe to make a classic Pina Colada.

» If you love Pina Coladas, why not try one (or all) of these delicious Hawaiian cocktails or other tropical cocktails that you can make at home.

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This isn’t a difficult cocktail to make, but it does require a few ingredients that you may not have on hand. Be prepared by adding these ingredients to your shopping list so you have them when you’re ready.

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Pina Colada Ingredients:

What Rum is Best for Pina Colada

Malibu rum is the brand that I use. It adds an extra tropical flavor to the drink that white rum doesn’t. However, white rum is typically what is used in a Pina Colada, so you can use either.

I choose Malibu because it has a natural coconut flavour and a smooth and sweet finish. I’ve tried other coconut rums before and some have a more manufactured taste that doesn’t do well in this cocktail. If you want a really tasty pina colada, just stick with the Malibu.

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You can also use a light or dark rum (not spiced), if you can’t find Malibu or just want to use what you have on hand. It will still be delicious.

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Can I Use Vodka Instead of Rum?

I really wouldn’t recommend substituting vodka for rum in this drink because the taste profile is different, so it will have an affect on the drink. However, if you don’t like rum, or you’re in a pinch and only have vodka, you can use it in a pina colada. Just keep in mind that it’s not as flavorful or sweet, so you may need to add a bit of agave syrup or simple syrup to sweeten it.

What Kind of Coconut Milk to Use

For the coconut milk, you want to use the kind in the can. It has a creamy thickness to it that coconut milk in a carton (coconut milk for drinking) just can’t match. It’s also super easy to find, so you don’t have to go searching everywhere for cream of coconut.

If you’re wondering about substitutions, you can make the drink with a few other options but a can of coconut milk (like Thai Kitchen) is best. If you’re near a Trader Joes, we like their organic coconut cream in a can.

You can use coconut milk in the carton, if you need to. It doesn’t have the creaminess of the canned version, though so it will alter the taste. If you do make this substitution, also add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream to give it that richness.

If you like your Pina Colada to be a bit chunky, you can use fresh pineapple instead of juice. It’ll be a smoother blend with juice.

If you have leftover pineapple or pineapple juice, you should definitely use it to make these Pineapple Rum Runners or these Pineapple Rum Slushes. So good!

Tools to Make a Pina Colada

There really aren’t a lot of tool necessary. One thing you absolutely need is a good blender with the ability to really chop the ice. This will lead to the smoothest frozen pina colada.

I recommend the Ninja countertop blender. It’s a 1000-watt blender that can destroy ice with its 6 blades. It’s a professional grade blender for just around $80. Such a good investment, especially if you make a lot of frozen cocktails and smoothies.

I also think you need hurricane glasses to serve your Pina Coladas in. This will elevate the cocktail experience to a truly authentic level. I can imagine it now. Feels like summer. If you’re not using a hurricane glass, use a tall glass that’s at least 12 oz (otherwise you’ll have 4 drinks instead of 2).

That’s all you need to make the perfect Pina Colada. Just blend up all the ingredients, poor it into your hurricane glass, top it with a tropical umbrella and you’re good to go.

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pina colada recipe
Yield: 2 cocktails

Classic Pina Colada

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Pina Colada is the perfect summer cocktail with its tropical pineapple and coconut flavors.


  • 6 oz pineapple juice or chopped fresh pineapple
  • 4 oz Malibu coconut rum
  • 4 oz coconut milk (shake the can before opening)
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 cups ice cubes


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a hurricane or tulip glass. Garnish with fresh pineapple.


  • Be sure to shake the can of coconut milk before opening it, to reincorporate into consistent coconut milk. If you just take the coconut cream from the top of the can, it will make the drink too oily.

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Nutrition Information:


2 cocktails

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g

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4 thoughts on “Pina Colada Recipe With Malibu Rum

  1. Kathryn says:

    I love a classic pina colada recipe — and this one looks divine. I’m ready to go tot he Caribbean ASAP (or just enjoy one in my own backyard lol)!

  2. Cindy says:

    I am all about happy hour! When working from home, we can easily cut the day short! That’s what we did today and tried these! Super yummy!

  3. Aimee Mars says:

    I love classics, especially when it comes to cocktails! Pina coladas will always be one of my favorites, but I’ve never made them at home. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

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