Who doesn’t love a Piña Colada? The drink screams tropical paradise and is filled with so much flavor. It’s one of those cocktails that I just have to get when I’m on vacation as I sit back, relax, and enjoy myself. As usual, I wanted to take this classic and give it a different twist while still keeping those iconic tropical flavors in the mix – and since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, this is a great cocktail to celebrate the occasion, given its lovely pink hue.
(But of course, a Piña Colada is meant to be enjoyed whenever you’re in the mood for it!)
The original Piña Colada recipe dates back all the way to the 1950s with Spanish roots coming from Puerto Rico. I mean, is that really a surprise? The name says it all! The Piña Colada symbolizes tropical relaxation and has become a staple in beach resorts and bars worldwide. It represents a blend of cultures and ingredients, embodying the tropical flavors of the Caribbean. The Pink Piña Colada is going to take influence from the traditional cocktail but with a few adjustments to make it really stand out.
First things first, white rum is an absolute must! This is because white rum aligns perfectly with the cocktail’s flavor profile. White rum has a lighter, cleaner taste compared to its darker counterparts. This allows the sweet and tropical flavors to shine through, making the drink more refreshing and not overpoweringly alcoholic in taste. Adding on to that white rum, I poured in one of my favorite liqueurs, RumChata. RumChata is a cream liqueur that combines the flavors of Caribbean rum, dairy cream, and a unique spice blend similar to that found in horchata. Personally, this sounds like a liqueur that was made to be mixed in a Piña Colada.
Next, we’ll be sticking to the roots of the traditional recipe and adding in some of those beloved notes of coconut. In this case, I’ll be getting those flavors from the cream of coconut which has a rich, thick consistency similar to condensed milk. This pairs perfectly with the velvety RumChata, allowing the texture of the cocktail mixture to thicken up a bit.
The real twist comes from the addition of pomegranate liqueur, as this is also what makes this a Pink Piña Colada (along with the muddled raspberries). Pomegranate liqueur captures the essence of pomegranates, offering a complex and vibrant flavor profile that is both sweet and tart. This is the element of the cocktail that really begins to balance out all of those sweet flavors already in the mix.
Step 1: Muddle 3 fresh raspberries together in a cocktail shaker.
Step 2: Pour in remaining ingredients topped with ice and shake until chilled.
Step 3: Strain the mixture into a coupe glass and garnish with a raspberry skewer.
The Pink Piña Colada is a recipe that takes influence from its traditional roots but is unique enough to stand on its own. It’s vibrant, flavorful, and gorgeous when in hand, making it an ideal libation. Mix this up when you’re looking for something with a new twist!