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Jul 15, 2012 05:26 AM

Pina Colada Wars

My friend thinks his pina colada is's ok..mine are sublime BUT..we are doing a Pina Colada Wars inviting three other master blenders and I want to share my recipe and ask for tips how to ramp it up

Gosling Dark Rum (to top)
Coco Lopez
Dole Pineapple Juice
Bacardi White
fresh grated Grenada nutmeg on top
Marachino Cherry

Thanks for your recommendations...I have to beat this fat ^%$#@!&


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  1. Canned pineapple chunks (or fresh pineapple) instead of just juice, and adding maybe a quarter of a banana would be my only suggestions!

    1. I use fresh pineapple. It's a very sweet drink because the principal ingredients are both so sweet, so the Gosling and nutmeg are a good idea. Good luck with your showdown; play a little Rupert Holmes and Warren Zevon background music at war time!

      1. I'll only suggest dumping the Bacardi for a better white rum.
        Diplomático Rum Blanco
        El Dorado
        Flor de Cana
        Just to name a few better white rums

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        1. re: scubadoo97

          Thanks the fresh fruit idea...might try Brugal Rum...cannot get the others in Bonaire although Appleton maybe..

          1. re: phelana

            Fresh pineapples in the USA are sometimes good, sometimes not.

            What you need is canned Lotus pineapple juice from Puerto Rico. Amazing stuff.

        2. I agree about a better white. How about Wray & Nephew overproof from Jamaica? This would raise the alcohol of the final drink, reducing the "spiked pineapple/coconut juice" aspect. If you're in Bonaire, how about fresh pineapple?

          I don't care for this drink, but my friend uses a small amount of sour cream to mitigate the acid in the pineapple.

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          1. re: EvergreenDan

            evergreen, I have W and N Overproof but thought that was for shots and medicinal purposes..I need my guests to get home safe..LOL...sadly Bonaire's fresh fruit options remain imported BUT I will certainly add some fresh imported pineapple. Now, if I were back in Antigua, man I'd use some nice Black Pineapple...sour cream? Yuck...keep it simple..I think my fresh nutmeg will do the trick...nite all

          2. You got everything but the pineapple juice right.

            You have to track down Lotus pineapple juice (available at some Latino groceries) from Puerto Rico. Far far better than than any other pineapple product for Pina Coladas.

            On the rum front I would nuke the Bacardi and go with Don Q or any of a dozen others. On the dark side, Gosling, or Myers, or many others are great.