I am writing this on National Margarita Day, although, this probably won’t be posted until that momentous day has passed. And that’s fine. Because I’m not writing about Margaritas. I’m writing about their frozen, slushy cousin—the Piña Colada. A heavenly blend of pineapple, coconut and rum. I don’t know what triggered it, but I’ve been craving them lately. I tried a quick little fix for a bit where I would whisk together pineapple juice with some cream of coconut. That was tasty. Was it a true Piña Colada? No. But it worked. It was quick, it was easy, it was delicious. The problem in doing that, was that my craving never died down. It only intensified. So in anticipation of a day off, I picked up some fresh pineapple and a lime. Everything else was already at home. I was prepared. And so now, here I sit, at my computer, in the 30s outside, sipping a Piña Colada, writing about a Piña Colada. It’s nice.
For the uninitiated, and for those of you that exist, I’m sorry, but also, you’re welcome, a Piña Colada is a frozen drink. A sweet blend of rum, pineapple juice and coconut milk…traditionally. I’m all for traditions, but I’m also for intensifying flavor and making it REALLY good…but also keeping it just as easy. So when I had the opportunity a while back to take some photos for Bacardi, I jumped at the chance to include a recipe for a Piña Colada.
I love adding in fresh pineapple. It makes it more like a smoothie. You could even go ahead and use fresh pineapple and frozen pineapple. You get your chill and the flavor. If you use canned pineapple, you might need to add a little brown sugar or a pinch of salt to makeup for the “canned” taste. Because, let’s be real here folks, you can tell the difference. You KNOW when that fruit cocktail you’re eating is from a can and when some hard working person cut and sliced all that fruit fresh this morning for you to enjoy. And these days, finding fresh pineapple at the store is ridiculously easy. Get it whole or cored or sliced or wedged or however. It’s there. With the rest of the fruit. And if you have a Costco membership, buy a whole pineapple from there. They are ALWAYS perfectly ripe and ready to go. (Seriously, I’ve never come across a bad one there).
One other thing I do, for an extra jolt of flavor, is add in some lime zest. Another fruity, citrusy, flavor to help balance out the sweetness of the pineapple and the coconut. Oh yeah, I also recommend cream of coconut. And now, you can buy it in a squeeze bottle…like ketchup. It’s amazing. And then you’re not left with an open can of the stuff. You’re ready for your next Piña Colada. And in the end, is THAT what REALLY matters in life?