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Piña Coladas

Pina Colada (Puerto Rican pineapple-coconut cocktail)

(Puerto Rican pineapple-coconut cocktail)

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This drink — whose name simply means "strained pineapple" — was invented in the 1950s or 1960s in San Juan, Puerto Rico, by either Ramon Marrero at the Caribe Hilton or by Don Ramon Portas Mingat at Barranchina Bar , depending on whom you believe. Whoever made it first, it's delicious.

If you can, avoid using coconut milk instead of coconut cream. It tends to make a watery drink with a slightly gritty texture.

Makes 2 to 3 servings

Ingredients

  • Pineapple, cut into chunks -- 2 cups
  • Coconut cream -- 2/3 cup
  • White or spiced rum -- 1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • Crushed ice -- 2 cups
  • Sugar (if needed) -- 2 tablespoons

Method

  1. Place all ingredients except for the sugar in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Adjust flavor with sugar and more rum if needed. Blend again and serve in tall glasses.

Piña Colada Variations

  • Substitute pineapple juice for the chunk pineapple if you prefer.