The Pina Colada is a summertime classic that deserves more respect than it gets. It may be sweet and it may be palatable to people who don’t drink much or are just starting, but it’s a wonderful treat for seasoned cocktail lovers, too.
The classic recipe is simply one part white rum, one part coconut cream and three parts pineapple juice, and it’s delicious. But there are some other options.
- 1 jigger of white rum
- 1 ounce of dark rum
- 1 jigger coconut cream (Coco Lopez is the best choice – whatever you pick, just avoid coconut milk)
- 1 ounce of heavy cream
- 3 ounces of pineapple juice
- 1 dash of Angostura bitters
Honestly, the Pina Colada goes with just about any food. But one really great snack or appetizer to pair with it is fried plantain chips – the recipe I’ve linked here is not at all sweet, and the salty, starchy contrast with the drink is a lot of fun. For a meal choice, dinner salads work well with this somewhat heavy drink. Check out hoisin chicken salad or spinach salad with strawberries.