Here we are – already in the middle of August. With all the back to school preparations, it definitely feels like summer is coming to an end, despite the fact that I know we’re in for at least another month and a half or so of good weather. So don’t worry – while you might feel like summer isn’t around for much longer, there’s still lots of time to make yourself a No Syrup Pina Colada and enjoy it in the backyard.Speaking of “back to school”, this is my first “back to school” ever. That’s right, my little Peanut, who, I swear, was just a baby like, last month, is starting 4 year old kindergarten. Which really feels more like kindergarten than preschool as it is every day. It will be a big change here at the Domestic Dreamboat abode, but I think it will be a good change. But nevertheless, back to school can be stressful, and what better stress reliever than a delicious tropical drink?
Sure you can make a pina colada with a bottle of mix you buy at the grocery store, but why bother with that when you can make it so easily with a few ingredients and a blender. I already had everything I needed without having to make a special shopping trip. It works especially well if you have a little bit of canned coconut milk leftover from another recipe, as I often do when I’m making a Thai curry or soup.
- 3/4 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 2 Tablespoons simple syrup or 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar - see note
- 1 ounce white rum
- 1 ounce coconut rum
- Handful of ice cubes
- slices Pineapple or maraschino cherries to garnish
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and serve with a slice of lime or maraschino cherry as desired.
Pina Colada Nutrition Notes:
A pina colada is going to be higher in calories than your standard alcoholic drink like beer or wine. This is because not only is the alcohol providing calories, but the coconut milk is contributing a large amount of fat, most of it saturated. So while an occasional pina colada is a nice treat that leaves you feeling like you’re on vacation, it’s probably not a good idea to have one on a regular basis.