If you're just learning about rum
, you might be wondering what kind to use in a pina colada. A classic pina colada calls for white rum, which is aged in stainless steel barrels and has a lighter, sweeter flavor. Dark rum is aged in oak barrels and has a more robust flavor. You could replace some, or all, of the white rum with dark rum if you prefer a less fruity and more boozy taste. Otherwise, you could use spiced rum, which is often flavored with cinnamon, cloves or cardamom. If you choose spiced rum for your pina colada, know these flavors might compete with the pineapple and the coconut.
Can you use fresh pineapple in a pina colada?
A lot of classic rum drinks
include pineapple or pineapple juice. This recipe calls for pineapple juice, which can come from a can or a fresh pineapple. In addition to the juice, you could also add a few cubes of fresh or frozen pineapple when blending for a thicker texture. Finally, try garnishing with wedges of fresh pineapple or even pineapple spears for a fun presentation and a bright, fresh flavor.
How do you make a pina colada sweeter?
If you tend to like mixed drinks
that are on the sweeter side, you might want your pina colada with a dash of sugar, brown sugar or simple syrup. You could also go with sweetened pineapple juice instead of unsweetened juice, or sweetened cream of coconut instead of plain cream of coconut.
How do you make a virgin pina colada?
It's always nice to have a few mocktails
on hand when you're hosting a party, and the same is true for a rum-free version of this frozen drink. To make a virgin pina colada, replace the rum with additional pineapple juice. You could even add a splash of rum extract if you want the rum undertones without the boozy flavor—or the booze.