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Pina Colada

Pina Colada 4.000

James M. Thresher for The Washington Post

Jun 3, 2009

This light, frothy version is an alternative to the heavy, super-sweet variety you find at most bars. To make the pineapple puree, just run fresh pineapple slices through a blender, juicer or food processor.

Pina colada means "strained pineapple," but this version is "sin colar" (unstrained), which is easier and helps keep the drink from separating too quickly. Make sure to use coconut water, not coconut milk or cream of coconut mix. White rhum agricole, pure sugar cane rum from Martinique such as Rhum Clement or Neisson, gives the drink a fresher taste.

Servings: 4
  • 1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks, plus small slices for garnish
  • 4 ounces white rhum agricole
  • 4 ounces coconut water, such as Zico or Vita Coco (see headnote)
  • 3 to 4 cups ice


Place the pineapple chunks in a blender; puree to yield 12 ounces. (Measure what's needed for this recipe, then freeze any leftover puree for another use.)

Combine the 12 ounces of pineapple puree, white rhum agricole and coconut water in a blender, then add 3 cups of the ice. Blend on high for about 1 minute; add ice as needed.

Pour into individual Collins glasses; garnish each portion with a pineapple slice and a straw.

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From Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 110

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 31mg 1%

Total Carbohydrates: 12g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 9g

Protein: 1g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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