If you like Pina Coladas, these cocktails will have you singing all day long

Original Pina Colada, photo provided by Discover Puerto Rico
Original Pina Colada, photo provided by Discover Puerto Rico /

A sip of the tropics, Pina Coladas are a classic cocktail that always seem to bring the beach vibe. While no one has to have their toes in the sand to enjoy one, the flavors of pineapple and coconut are irresistible. Ready for that little umbrella in your glass?

According to Discover Puerto Rico, the cocktail legend states that Ramón “Monchito” Marrero was the first person to shake up that cocktail in 1954. While the Caribe Hilton might be the birthplace of this tropical treat, it can be found all over the world. In 1978, it was named “the official drink of Puerto Rico.”

While the name might make people think that it is pineapple coconut, the literal translation is strained pineapple. Often served blended, it can be more than just a few ingredients in a glass. But, fresh pineapple juice will bring a brighter, bolder flavor. Even if there are variations, fresh ingredients are always a tastier choice.

What are some pina coladas to enjoy for National Pina Colada Day?

Recently, Bacardi added a new rum offering. The Bacardi Tropical has notes of “pineapple, coconut and guava.” While this rum is a limited edition offering, it is perfect for summer. And, it makes a pina colada even more flavorful.

Bacardi Fro-Tro Piña Colada


  • 2 oz. Bacardi Tropical
  • 1½ oz. Coco Real
  • 1½ oz. pineapple juice


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender. Add 2 cups of ice and blend until a slushy consistency forms. Serve in a highball glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and cherry.


While turning on the blender might be an inviting sound, popping open a can is much easier. Cutwater Spirits just added its Pina Colada canned cocktail.

Made with “Cutwater’s Award-Winning White Rum, Coconut Cream Liqueur and natural pineapple and coconut,” the first sip has everyone feeling those warm, beach breezes. Whether you drink it from the can or blend it with some ice, it is the easy way to get a taste of the tropics.

Considered the birthplace of the Pina Colada, the Caribe Hilton has shared its iconic cocktail recipe. While this version is quite rich, it goes to show that sometimes a cocktail is more like a sweet treat.

Still, the key to making this cocktail balanced is fresh pineapple juice. That acidity helps to cut through the cream.

Caribe Hilton Original Piña Colada


  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce coconut cream
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • 6 ounces fresh pineapple juice
  • ½ cup of crushed ice
  • Pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry for garnishes


  • Add the rum, coconut cream, heavy cream and pineapple juice in a blender.
  • Add the ice and blend until smooth for about 15 seconds.
  • Serve in a 12-ounce glass.
  • Garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry.

While the pina colada is a classic cocktail, it can have a tasty twist or two. HI-CHEW is known for its fruity flavors. Enjoying that HI-CHEW Pina Colada candy is almost like enjoying that cocktail. If you want to give that candy a little “twist” grab the umbrella and mix up this delicious treat.

Piña CHEWlada


  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 1 ounce golden rum
  • 1 teaspoon blackstrap rum
  • 1.5 ounces fresh pineapple juice
  • 1.5 ounces Coco Lopez
  • 1 ounce HI-CHEW Piña Colada-Infused lime juice
  • .5 ounce coconut milk


  • Combine all ingredients in a shaker (leave out the rum for a virgin cocktail), shake well with ice and strain over pebble ice in a tall soda glass or tiki mug. Garnish with toasted coconut flakes, and a skewer of fresh pineapple wedges and HI-CHEW chewlets. Want to make it frozen instead? Add all the ingredients to a blender with 1 cup of ice and blend until smooth.

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Whether it is National Pina Colada Day or just any day, bring a taste of the tropics to the cocktail glass. Thirsty yet?