Piña Colada - The Classic Made with Fresh Pineapple, Coconut Milk & Rum

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  • Published on:  7/11/2014
  • The Piña Colada has become the official beverage of Puerto Rico. It's a drink that has been has been beat up over the years. Bad music and sickly pre-mixed shortcuts have followed it around like an Eeyore rain cloud.

    This method comes from Anthony Schmidt, the head bartender at Noble Experiment (http://www.nobleexperimentsd.com/), which is arguably the best cocktail bar in San Diego. If you're in the area, you should check it out.

    If you like your Piña Colada a little sweeter, try increasing the ratio of Pineapple Juice from 2-2-2 to 2-6-2. Pineapple juice is naturally sweet and will help satisfy your sweet tooth.

    I'm using the 8-year Barbancourt in the video, I like using aged rum for most drinks and I know that a lot of tropical or tiki cocktails get very specific with their types of rum, but I build it to taste. If you'd rather drink the 8-year straight, then use the 4-year Barbancourt. It will make an excellent Piña Colada as well.

    Nothing is going to replace using fresh pineapple juice, so it's best to juice it yourself or to get it from your local juicery, but if you have to use a bottled juice, use something as pure as possible. Lakewood (see link below) makes a good alternative to juicing your own pineapple. Typically, recipes call for coconut cream, but I find that coconut milk is a lot more versatile, so I tend to have it more readily available. Feel free to swap it out for coconut cream, but if you're mixing it by hand, it will take a lot more elbow grease to get the right consistency. But whatever you do, please be sure to get unsweetened coconut milk.

    The maraschino cherries in the video are homemade, you can find out how to make your own, here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXLI4XvFlPo). If you're more inclined to buy maraschino cherries, be sure to get REAL maraschino cherries. Luxardo makes a great one (see link below).



    Recipe:
    2oz Rum
    2oz Pineapple Juice
    2oz Coconut Milk
    Garnish with 2 Maraschino Cherries



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