The Piña 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. This version adds heavy cream and a dash of Angostura Bitters. the cream makes the whole drink even richer and more like a smoothie. That dash of bitters is just enough to bring out the other flavors in stark relief.
This is a great drink for parties, especially if you have non-drinkers among your guests, because you can just make it without the rum and it’s equally delicious.
This particular recipe contains a good bit of rum – two and a half ounces, to be specific. That makes it a rather strong drink. But it’s a long drink, filled with fruit juice and rich coconut cream, so the alcohol flavor isn’t that strong.