This piña colada smoothie recipe is perfect for beating the summer heat

The pina colada is a popular Puerto Rican (and Caribbean) cocktail. It is traditionally prepared with cream or coconut milk, pineapple juice and rum. However, why not give this drink a healthy twist and turn this signature cocktail into a delicious smoothie that’s perfect for the warmer months and that you can also have all year round!

Whether you skip the rum or not, you can add frozen pineapple chunks instead of traditional pineapple juice, for a creamy smoothie texture. Below are three easy steps to making the perfect pina colada smoothie.

Recipe: Pina Colada Smoothie

TOTAL TIME: 5 MIN – PORTIONS: 4 – 5 – DIFFICULTY: EASY

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) coconut cream (crema de coco)
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) frozen pineapple chunks
  • ¼ cup ice cream
  • 4-5 maraschino cherries for garnish (optional)
  • ¼ cup or more rum, if desired (optional)
  • Note: This makes 4-5 8oz servings each cup

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Make this piña colada smoothie your inspirational summer drink

Preparation:

  1. Pour the entire can of coconut cream, half the bag of frozen pineapple chunks, ice, and the rum if you’re making it into an alcoholic drink in your blender. Blend on the crushed ice setting for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the remaining half of the frozen pineapple chunks and blend on your blend/shake setting for one to two minutes, until the smoothie is well combined.
  3. Top each smoothie with a maraschino cherry for garnish.

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Michael M. Tomlin