If so, then you will be pleased to know that National Piña Colada Day is rolling around this year. This is a holiday that the whole family can celebrate because a virgin piña colada is just as delicious as the real thing.
Bacardi makes a frozen Piña Colada mix that you can find in some grocer’s freezer sections, generally located by the frozen juice. It is simply divine. Blend with ice and water per the canister’s directions, and voila! You have a perfect family treat. You can even switch out vanilla ice cream for the water and enjoy Piña Colada milkshakes!
However, here are some fun ways that you can liven up a Piña Colada. The recipes were created with the Bacardi frozen mix in mind but can be adapted to work with any Piña Colada mix.
- Orange Piña Colada – When making the orange Piña Colada, either replace all or part of the alcohol with orange juice for a doubly tropical impact. Want to keep all of the alcohol? Then add a half of a cup of orange juice to the original recipe. Perfect for this evening-air summer grillouts.
- Lava Piña Colada Imagine drinking this as a warm breeze dances over your skin. For this drink, make the regular recipe, with rum, or without. Then pureè a small frozen bag of strawberries (about 8 oz.). You can add a little rum or water to make it the correct consistency. Then drizzle it over each drink and watch it run down the sides the way lava runs down the side of a mountain.
- Mango Piña Colada, smoothie-style – Use the original recipe, only this time, replace half the ice with fresh mango, and replace the water with orange juice. It is delicious and gets in practically two servings of fruit! A great choice as an alternative to mimosas for a lazy Sunday brunch.
- Pina Banana-Colada- This is delicious! Simply add a banana to the original recipe. You can also do this along with some orange juice instead of water and/or some frozen strawberries in the place of ice. This is a great after-school snack for kids, rum excluded of course!
- Sangria Piña Colada- This is a great poolside drink. Make the original recipe, using rum, not water. Then add in your favorite wine, up to a bottle. Add more ice if needed for consistency.
- Mimosa Piña Colada – Another great choice for brunch especially if you are leaning more towards a boozy brunch. You can add champagne instead of water and about ½ cup of orange juice.
But, no matter what sort of Piña Colada you choose to make, one of the most fun parts is decorating them! They are such a great drink all summer long and there are so many different ways that you can garnish your frozen cocktail.
- Of course, the tiny umbrella. What is a frozen cocktail without a tiny umbrella?
- Moisten the rim of the cup and drip the rim in some tasty, brown toasted coconut flakes. White coconut flakes work just as well.
- Moisten the rim of the cup and dip the rim into a pile of colorful sprinkles. A cute touch!
- You can get a toothpick, a garnish pick, or a colorful straw and garnish it with fruit. You have your pineapple and coconut, of course, but you can also choose from strawberries, mangoes, and oranges, regardless whether or not you added them to the recipe. And don’t forget the ever-popular maraschino cherry that is perfect right on top.
- Whipped cream is a must. Not frozen dairy but whipped cream. Swirl a little on top and then add your other garnishes (except if you dip your rims, in which case you’ll want to do that before adding whipped cream).
- There are so many different types of colorful straws too including some that look like bamboo which take your tropical look to the next level.
Serve your Piña Coladas in any type of glass that you like. Some like to use actual hollowed coconut shells or cups that simply look like a coconut shell. The traditional Piña Colada glass is wide at the top before it slims down, widens once more, and slims at the bottom. Even a plain glass or a brightly colored plastic cup will work just fine.
It’s summer, so don’t stress. Grab your loved ones, head outdoors, put your feet up, and enjoy a tasty Piña Colada. You’ll be glad you did.