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An Easy Pina Colada with Fresh Lime

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I love Pina Coladas because every time I make them I instantly feel like I’m on vacation.

The perfect Pina colada should be balanced with richness from the coconut cream, acidity from the lime and just the right amount of sweetness from the pineapple juice.

How to Make this Easy Pina Colada

This recipe is really simple, just add everything together in the blender and mix until smooth and frothy. That’s it!

How to Get the Right Taste in a Pina Colada

Just like cooking, a good cocktail is balanced.

A balanced cocktail will not be too sweet, too acidic or too rich. The goal is to have a cocktail where you taste all of the elements without one overpowering the other. Balance is the blueprint for delicious food and drink.

My advice is to taste it as you go for sweetness. You can always add more sweetness but you can’t take it away once it’s added. Start with half of the condensed coconut milk, blend and then taste. If it’s not sweet enough for you, add more.

A pina colada on the table with fresh pinapple and coconut in the back.

Tips For the Best Pina Colada

  • Condensed coconut milk adds richness and sweetness to the drink. You can also use regular condensed milk if you can’t find the coconut version.
  • To make it sweeter, add more condensed coconut milk. Adding more pineapple juice will result in a thinner cocktail.
  • To make a thicker, more smoothie-like Pina Colada, replace the ice with frozen pineapple chunks.
  • The addition of fresh lime brightens up the drink and makes it more interesting.

Key Ingredients

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Rum: White rum is traditional in a Pina Colada but I prefer dark, spiced rum. But use what you have, it’ll be delicious either way.

Coconut Cream: Coconut cream is richer and thicker than regular coconut milk. If you can’t find coconut cream you can use a creamed coconut package mixed with the same amount of coconut milk. You can use any coconut cream, but the Coco Lopez brand is traditional.

Pineapple Juice: This mainly adds sweetness but also adds some acidity. You can also try replacing the ice with frozen pineapple chunks for a thicker Pina Colada. Just add less condensed coconut milk as the extra pineapple brings more sweetness to the drink.

Condensed Coconut Milk: This adds extra richness and a little more coconut flavour to the drink. If you can’t find condensed coconut milk you can use regular condensed milk but it may be a little sweeter.

Lime: Lime is the key to a well-balanced cocktail. Because this cocktail is pretty rich, it needs that extra acidity to balance it out.

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A pina colada on the table with fresh pinapple and coconut in the back.
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Easy Pina Colada with Fresh Lime

This Pina Colada recipe is creamy, not too sweet, and the ultimate cocktail for heavy vacation vibes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 2547kcal
Cost $18/ 15€



  • 500 ml coconut cream (or coconut milk with 1 package creamed coconut)
  • 400 ml pineapple juice
  • 50 g condensed coconut milk (or regular condensed milk)
  • ½ pc lime, juiced
  • 8 oz spiced rum (237ml)
  • 10 pc ice cubes (or frozen pineapple, but then add less condensed milk)


  • Add everything together in the blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with a pineapple leaf, a lime or serve it straight on its own.
    A pina colada on the table with fresh pinapple and coconut in the back.


This recipe will probably fill your blender pretty high. Remove the dongle from the blender (if it has one) and cover the lid with a towel instead and blend. This way you can fit a little more in the blender.


Calories: 2547kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 178g | Saturated Fat: 157g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 2336mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 249mg | Iron: 13mg
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7 thoughts on “An Easy Pina Colada with Fresh Lime”

  1. 5 stars
    Great pina colada recipe! It was perfect for my unannounced friend’s visit, and she loved it. Glad I saved this recipe, thanks!

  2. You went and did it, you put the lime in the coconut! Still a great teetotaler drink with run extract. Thanks. Now that song will be in my head all day. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    You can never go wrong with a pina colada recipe, especially with the scorching temps Cali is in for this weekend. I can’t wait to try this recipe!


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