Pina Colada Recipe?
My sister and I would like to celebrate Summer, and, believe it or not, we've never really made mixed drinks at home. My sister loves Pina Coladas, does anyone have an easy (for a beginner) recipe to make Pina Coladas at home? TIA!!!
2oz Coco Lopez Cream Of Coconut
2oz Pineapple Juice
1.5oz Appleton Estates V/X Rum
Coco Lopez Cream Of Coconut - available in most liquor stores, and some supermarkets - is the *only* thing to use. Accept no substitutes. Nothing.
Most any rum will do, but I like a sweet gold rum, and Appleton Estate V/X is darn good. Their Special is good too, as is Mount Gay Eclipse.
Pour all into a large glass. Fill with crushed ice. Toss into a blender on high for 15-20 seconds. Enjoy.
Personally I disagree about only using Coco Lopez cream of coconut. Any cream of coconut will do just fine and some of the Asian brands are excellent and I feel make a creamier pina colada. Also they are cheaper and in a busy Asi9an market have very high turnover, so they are fresh.
The recipe above is basically the one from the Coco Lopez can which I find overly coconutty. I tend to like recipes with less coconut taste and more balance between the pineapple and rum. I go more for around 3 parts amber or dark rum, three parts pineapple juice, and two parts cream of coconut. I sometimes also add just a drop of vanilla to round it out or a tiny bit of Vietnamese cinnamon and fresh nutmeg for a spiced version. I have also added some heavy cream, just a spoonful, for a richer taste. It's fun to play around with the recipe a bit until you find one that just hits the spot.
The 3/4 part rum and 1 part pineapple juice and coconut cream is spot on.
Use fresh pineapple juice, not the concentrate non-refrigerated stuff. Coco lopez is the stuff to use for sure, but it can be awfully hard to find and marked up insanely to boot.
A good substitution is coconut CREAM that you can find at most ethnic stores (I even found a can at the 99 cent store). Make sure it is CREAM, not milk. Add sugar to taste.
pina coladas taste more tropical, "pineappley" and juicy when you add o.j. to the pineapple and cream of coconut when blending-- try it, you will see that i am right! (about 1/2 as much o.j. as pineapple juice in whatever quantity you are making. this also works when making virgin pina coladas-- they can taste pretty flat otherwise.