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3-Ingredient Piña Colada

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This 3-ingredient Piña Colada recipe is quick and easy to make, it includes zero added sweeteners, and it’s as refreshing and delicious as ever.

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If you like piña coladas… ???

…but maybe don’t like them knock-your-socks-off-syrupy-and-sweet, then this may just be the perfect piña colada recipe for you.

For years, I’ve had a tradition of ordering a piña colada anytime I find myself near a beach. Because, as a born-and-raised Kansas girl, you’d better believe that beach time always calls for maximum celebrating, even in the most predictably touristy of cocktail ways. Cutesy umbrellas adorning my drink? Bring ’em on. Colorful bendy straws? You bet. A few dollars extra to have my cocktail served up in a ridiculously enormous fresh pineapple? Not even one bit ashamed.  Piña coladas are my happy vacation cocktail, and I’m in it for no less than the full experience. ?

That said though, as much as I adore the combo of fresh pineapple and coconut in piña coladas, most poolside-bar versions that I’ve been served are also usually filled with heaps of added sugars and preservatives, thanks mostly to the classic “cream of coconut” (different than coconut cream) that’s traditionally mixed into piña coladas. Neither sugar nor preservatives, of course, being my jam. And also neither of which, I would argue, are needed at all to make a good piña colada! As a matter of fact, your cocktail will taste infinitely better without them.

Thus, today I’m excited to present to you my favorite piña colada recipe.

It’s made with 3 simple ingredients — frozen pineapple, rum and coconut milk. It only takes a minute or two to blend up. It contains zero added sweeteners (trust me, the pineapple and coconut milk already make it plenty sweet). And it is guaranteed to give you those delicious, beachy, sunny vacation vibes wherever in the world life may find you.

Let’s make some!

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Piña Colada Ingredients -- frozen pineapple, coconut milk and rum

Piña Colada Ingredients:

So what’s in this easy piña colada recipe? No cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez or Coco Real), no storebought piña colada mix, no sugar-added pineapple juice…no need. To make these naturally-sweetened piña coladas (which also happen to be naturally gluten-free and vegan), you will simply need:

  • Frozen pineapple: A bag of it store-bought, or you can cut and freeze your own.
  • Rum: White rum is traditional, but any kind will do.
  • Coconut milk: As in normal, straight-from-the-can (or carton) coconut milk. You can either use the full-fat or light coconut milk, your choice.

Then of course, you’re welcome to garnish with a slice of fresh pineapple, a maraschino cherry on top, paper umbrellas, straws…get as carried away as you’d like. No judgement here. ;)

Also, if you are looking for a non-alcoholic virgin piña colada recipe, you’re welcome to just nix the rum and maybe just add in a bit of extra pineapple juice or water to help the mixture blend.

How To Make A Piña Colada Recipe

How To Make A Piña Colada

To make this frozen piña colada recipe, simply combine all of your ingredients together in a blender and puree until smooth! If the mixture is too thick, feel free to add in a little extra water. Otherwise, it should be a breeze!

Easy Piña Colada Recipe...made with just 3 ingredients!

Cheers, everyone!

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Pina Colada Recipe

3-Ingredient Piña Colada

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


This 3-ingredient Piña Colada recipe is quick and easy to make, it includes zero added sweeteners, and it’s as refreshing and delicious as ever.


  • 1 pound (about 3 cups) frozen pineapple chunks
  • 3 ounces (1/3 cup) white rum
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • optional garnishes: fresh pineapple slices, maraschino cherries, cute paper umbrellas


  1. Combine all ingredients together in a blender, and puree until smooth.  If the mixture is too thick, feel free to add in extra water or coconut milk to help it blend.
  2. Serve immediately, topped with your desired garnishes.

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82 comments on “3-Ingredient Piña Colada”

  1. I will definitely be trying this…especially since I already have the ingredients! I’ve made something similar but haven’t tried coconut milk…I’m sure that helps with the authentic, tropical taste though!

  2. I can’t wait to try these! I agree, most pina coladas I’ve tried are almost sickeningly sweet. But I love pineapple and coconut!

  3. Thank you for posting the non-alcoholic recipe for those of us who do not drink alcohol.

  4. great idea to skip added sugar, I’ve often defaulted to mixes, which are the worst offenders of added sugars, so had basically just skipped pina coladas and their cousins, so I have to thank you for adding pina coladas to my weekend cocktail rotation umbrella or not!

  5. This is definitely a keeper!! This piña colada recipe is very refreshening & the natural sweetness from the fresh pineapple is perfect!! Thank-you so much for sharing this awesome & easy recipe!! ?

  6. Can I use pineapple chunks from the can instead of frozen pineapple chunks?

    • Sure thing, but you will need to freeze them or blend in ice for the drink to be frozen. Or, you just serve the drink over ice. :) Enjoy!

  7. Hi…eager to try this recipe. Can you please let me know which coconut milk you use? Thank you

  8. Sooooo good! I love that the ingredients are so simple too.

  9. This sounds delicious and easy! Can coconut cream be used instead of coconut milk?

    Thank you!

    • Yes, that’s the original recipe. That’s how it’s done in the Caribbean, where it was originally created. Coconut milk makes it a smoothie. Not a piña colada.
      -The Puerto Rican Mami

  10. Great recipe! Amazing that it only needed 3 ingredients.
    I did add a little sugar.

  11. Delicious. We made these for dinner because it is April 2nd and the temperature dropped back into the Low Forties, the skies are heavy and drizzling and yhe lone crocus in the garden croaked. I was craving Vitamin C. This drink helped cheer things up. ☀️

  12. thank you for a quality well written article with the good recipe. I “guessed” 4 ounce rum like 1:2 of coconut and pineapple juice but that was too strong so I searched a recipe and see your recipe 1/3 cup is better [and tastier a different day.] double the coconut milk [not cream] 1:2 if diluted with liquified pineapple good so not too strong for a cocktail so thank you.

  13. Soooo good! I love the more natural ingredients too. Coco López was always WAY too sweet for me.

  14. Excelent and natural!!! My son an I loved it!!

  15. I made it today and it was delicious! How do I know it was good? Because my wife asked for a 2nd and 3rd cup!

  16. Good recipe

  17. So easy! Soooo good!

  18. Oh my gooooodnesssss! Thank you!! thank you!! This is the best ??Pina Colada?? I have ever had

  19. Love the simplicity!

  20. Have you used strawberries instead of pineapple in this pina colada recipe?

  21. I was hesitant to try this with the limited ingredients, but it is the best! I highly recommend this for the ease of preparation and for the wonderful flavor! Thank you for this recipe!

  22. Delicious and simple. Thanks!

  23. Lacks flavor. The first sip is fine, perfectly average, doesn’t get better the more you you sip. Then when you’re done, you’re left with the acidity of the pineapple. I’ll be finding another recipe.

    • How do you use the coconut milk out of the can – blend it together or use just the liquid and discard the chunky top part ?

  24. Nummmmmm this was simple, easy and clean. Love it

  25. I got no rum! What can I substitute

  26. Sitting around bored, on a rainy winter day, thought I’d try something with rum
    Guess what wound up here on your page. Think I will kick back and enjoy the music, sand,and my easy ,easy delicious pinacolada THANKS.

  27. I did this kind of the opposite way based on what I had in the fridge… Fresh pineapple chunks, frozen coconut milk (left over from a can I had opened, and frozen in an ice cube tray), and rum. It is exactly what I was craving tonight :)

  28. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t taste like a pina colada. Tastes more like a frozen pineapple drink with booze. I appreciate the lack of added sugar, but it’s definitely lacking whatever it is that gives you that vacation feeling.

  29. Great clean recipe for those of us who don’t love unnecessary additives. I ended up adding some frozen banana for a bit more sweetness.

  30. Had some leftover pineapple from Easter pineapple stuffing (a standard for us) and I always have coconut milk in the pantry. This is a perfect rendition that reminds me that I haven’t been to the Caribbean in far too long. If you are using coconut milk that has a lot of solids, pour all of the liquid into the blender and about 1/2 of the solids. Blend for a minute, check the texture and taste. If it is not thick and velvety, add another tablespoon or two of solids and repeat. I was amazed at how perfectly smooth and thick this was without any ice to muddy the taste.

  31. Great recipe! I liked how simple it was. I made these for my friends while they were over and everyone loved it :).

  32. Delicious. Simple is better :)

  33. This is almost like a super fun Dole Whip ? YUM!! I add a packet of swerve sweetener, but it’s fine without too!

  34. I have tried this with coconut milk it was so delicious that. Now i am fan

  35. This recipe was great! I froze canned coconut milk along with fresh pineapple cuttings!
    Thank you for sharing!

  36. Perfect.

  37. Double the booze and it’s perfect ;)

  38. Not like a Pina Colada at all. Disappointed – with all the 5 star reviews I had higher hope.

  39. I added pineapple orange juice and wine wine to substitute for the rum as well as some shredded coconut and ice. Delicious!

  40. Girlfriend! This was the bomb! I did add a banana as another reviewer suggested, for a sweeter version (I have 3 men drinking them!) and a half a sweetner. Perfect, creamy and cold. Perfect cause it is a million degrees out today!

  41. Not the best puns colada I have ever had, but as a function of effort level it is perfection!

  42. Quick, easy, and delicious!

  43. This was perfectly refreshing, but not overly sweet. Thank you!

  44. I looked up how to make a pina colada after watching the Goldberg’s n they were stuck in the car with the car stereo pop off broke n the song pina colada was on repeat haha so I looked up to see what actually made a pina colada it sounds yummy :-) the frozen one sounds like a plan xx

  45. Made mine with Goya coconut creme… Yummy!

  46. Easy & delicious

  47. SO good! Light and refreshing, not syrup-y sweet. Thanks for sharing a great backyard summer drink!

  48. I love this recipe but I added coconut flakes instead with ice and agave. But no rum because I’m not old enough ;n;

  49. Can you use fresh or canned pineapple instead?

  50. Easy and delicious