The Best Easy Pina Colada Recipe

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The Best Easy Pina Colada Recipe – frozen pineapple and coconut cocktail with rum – this fresh fruit recipe tastes a million times better than pina colada mix!

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I was invited to come along with the Caribbean Princess on a cruise through the eastern Caribbean – a 7 day trip from Fort Lauterdale, stopping in Princess Cays Bahamas, San Juan Puerto Rico, Amber Cove Dominican Republic, and Turks and Caicos.

The trip was a complete dream – a week away with my best friend from high school for tons of laughter, relaxing, and tons of fresh, delicious island drinks!

While in Puerto Rico, we even got to stop at the home of Pina Coladas, where they were first made.

Where Were Pina Coladas Invented

While touring through San Juan with friends, we were walking back from the gorgeous Fortaleza street looking for a great spot to stop for lunch, and stumbled upon a sign for the place the Pina Colada was first made – and decided to duck in to Barrachina for some drinks and mofongo!

Click here to get my easy mofongo recipe inspired by our lunch at Barrachina!

Barrachina is where Pina Coladas were first made in 1963 by Don Ramon Portas Mingot.

Barrachina is on Fortelaza street – just up from the ever Insta-popular umbrella street installation.

When we visited, Fortelaza Street was covered by bright pink umbrellas in honor of International Womens Day – it made for a bright and colorful spot for photos!

and I think it’s perfectly fitting that the gorgeous umbrellas over Fortaleza street are so close to a restaurant known for inventing the frosty fruit cocktail that is often topped with a paper umbrella!

What Rum To Use in Pina Colada

What rum you use in your pina colada will vary a lot based on your own personal tastes – but for me, I like a light rum with a slightly sweet flavor that compliments the sweetness of pineapple in a pina colada without overpowering it.

Some people like a smoky kick, some people a super-sugary dark rum – but I prefer to use Bacardi Silver, since the flavor is the most balanced for an authentic Puerto Rican Pina Colada.

The Best Princess Cruise Cocktails

Princess Cruises is known for their delicious food – but my favorite (no big surprise) – is their robust wine and cocktail program on ship.

Not only do all of the bars around ship feature amazing drinks… but they have fun menus for each bar across the ship, including a wine bar with a special curated list of wines from across the world, and Good Spirits – a craft cocktail bar serving up delicious twists on classic favorites from around the world.

The Sandia en Fuego from the Good Spirits Bar, pictured below, might just be my favorite cocktail on ship, EVER.

The bars around the pools have the BEST citrus margaritas (click here for my own take on their Citrus Margs – I prefer them on the rocks with salt) – and the BEST Pina Coladas and Virgin Pina Coladas!

Plus… you can’t beat that view!

The fact you can now order drinks from your chair by the pool is amazing – Princess’ Ocean Medallion program really helps you RELAX to the fullest!

Cruising with Ocean Medallion

Ocean Medallion is Princess Cruises’ new program that completely revolutionizes cruising – making it easier than ever to check in to your cruise, find food and even friends on board, play games across the ship, and even order food or service items in an instant!

And now getting back on ship from port can’t be easier – since Princess Cruises uses the new Ocean Medallion, all we had to do to get back on board was scan our medallions (which make a great accessory, no?) as we headed back to the ship.

No worrying about room keys or cruise cards – these medallions come with easy and stylish accessories you can wear nonstop!

Ocean Medallion made checking in the first day of the cruise a breeze – and was our ticket to internet that was blazing fast at sea (my upload/download times significantly beat our satellite internet at home).

As we planned our treks the night before we docked in each port, it was so helpful to have great internet so we could plan our journey ahead of time!

Those medallions come in handy on ship too – it works as your cruise card and key – just scan to buy items or drinks, and connect with the Ocean Now app to even be able to use your medallion to order food and drinks from anywhere on ship if you don’t get your fill of tasty new foods and drinks in port!

We used the Ocean Now App to order drinks and pizza right from a lounge chair, ordered aloe sent to us at dinner when I was sunburned, and ordered fresh towels when we ran out in our room- no call needed!

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Princess Cruises Inspired Cocktails

If you want to recreate some of your favorite drinks on board at home, I’m linking some favorites from other bloggers I’ve been lucky enough to cruise with in the past!

These cocktails make me ready to book a cruise back to the Caribbean! Come Back New with Princess Cruises! You’ll receive up to $600 to spend onboard and a FREE room upgrade. Plus, with fares from $99 per extra guest, your entire party can be “doing this” together! Valid 3/1-4/30.
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A pina colada with flamingos and pineapples.

The Best Pina Colada Recipe

The Best Easy Pina Colada Recipe – frozen pineapple and coconut cocktail with rum – this fresh fruit recipe tastes a million times better than pina colada mix!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword best cocktail recipes, coconut, coconut cocktails, coconut drinks, how to make a pina colada, pina colada, pina colada recipe, pineapple, pineapple cocktails
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 220kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell


  • 1-2 cups Ice cubes
  • ½ cup rum I use Bacardi Silver
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup pineapple chunks


  • Add ingredients to blender with half of the ice.
  • Blend on high until ice is completely crushed.
  • If Pina Coladas are too thin, add more ice, about a handful at a time, until desired consistency when blended.
  • Pour into chilled glass and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 16mg | Sugar: 21g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. These pictures had me dreaming about our cruise. Can’t wait to make this pina colada, it looks so easy.

  2. I wish I were back in San Juan sipping on one of these! I have to recreate these at home ASAP!