A Pina colada on the rocks is just like it's blended counterpart, except instead of hauling out the blender, you make them shaken in a cocktail shaker. Pina coladas are the epitome of summer, tropical, refreshing and sweet cocktails, and honestly, I love nothing better than these any time of the year when I feel like I need a vacation!
I started drinking the non-alcoholic version of these when I was super young, and my world was forever changed. Growing up in rural Canada, we didn't have access to a lot of these ingredients (or at least, not the good versions of them), so it was such an incredible treat to experience these flavors. I think having my first pina colada turned me into a life-long coconut fan (see below for making the non-alcoholic versions of these).
There's nothing better than a pina colada on the rocks. You get all the same flavor as the original: pineapple, coconut, lime and even a hint of cinnamon, but without the big production of using a blender.
You HAVE to Shake it
It's super important to shake, not stir this cocktail. Since we're not blending it, we need the ice to dilute the drink a little bit, and shaking it is the best way to do that. (A Boston shaker is one of my most used kitchen tools, but you can also use a tall Tupperware container or even just a mason jar. Pretty much anything with a lid). Plus, the coconut cream tends to separate a bit from the rest of the liquid, so this helps prevent that (at least in the beginning. The longer it sits the more likely it is to separate. It's not biggie though, just stir and carry on about your life).
Coconut Milk vs. Coconut Cream
Coconut milk and coconut cream are made from the same ingredients, but coconut cream has a higher fat content, making it thicker and creamier. I like it for this recipe because we're not blending it, so it helps carry over some of that thick richness you get from the blended texture. You can definitely sub coconut milk for cream in this recipe though if that's all you have.
I love how simple this recipe is. Here's what we need.
- Pineapple juice
- White rum (or coconut rum)
- Cream of coconut
- Fresh lime juice
- Cinnamon (for garnish)
- Fresh pineapple wedge (for garnish)
How to Make Pina Coladas on the Rocks
Let's to this step-by-step:
- Combine the pineapple juice, cream of coconut, rum and lime juice in a Boston shaker half filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously for 45-60 seconds (or as long as your hands can stand it!)
- Pour into a couple of rocks glasses over ice.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and fresh pineapple.
How to Make A Virgin Pina Colada (Non-Alcoholic)
Use the exact same recipe, but add one more ounce of pineapple juice, and one more ounce of coconut cream. Done and done!
Blended Pina Colada
Just missing that icy cold, creamy blended cocktail? No problem. Pop the ingredients for this recipe in a blender with a cup of ice, blend thoroughly and you are definitely good to go.
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Pina Colada on the Rocks (Shaken)
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 2 oz white rum or coconut rum For mocktail, see notes
- 1 oz coconut cream or coconut milk
- ½ oz lime juice
- cinnamon for garnish
- fresh pineapple wedge for garnish
- Combine the pineapple juice, rum, coconut cream and lime juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 35-60 seconds.
- Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and pineapple wedge.
Hi, I'm Cara! I'm a food writer, journalist, and recipe developer. I'm obsessed good food, good wine, good cocktails and entertaining. I've picked up a few tips over the years, and love sharing them with others.