Dec 11, 2017 Drinks

The 5 Best Rums for Piña Coladas (and How to Make One)

by Mandy Zee

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Irresistibly refreshing and naturally derived, the piña colada is the perfect drink to sip on a beach, to batch up for friends, or to change up your standard happy hour regimen. While we may be on the opposite side of the calendar from National Piña Colada Day, there’s never a wrong time to enjoy a well-made piña colada. One of Puerto Rico’s most loved exports, this classic cocktail should be crafted with only the freshest ingredients—and, of course, the perfect rum.

Read on to discover a few of the best rums for piña coladas.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more versatile, cost-effective, and cocktail-ready rum for piña coladas. But it’s not just Bacardí’s smoothness (or price point) that we love. This ultra-drinkable rum has just the right sweetness and flavor to stand up to fruit flavors without overpowering them.

Barcardí Superior ($9)

This smooth and well-rounded cask-aged rum is one of the best rums for piña coladas. A favorite among bartenders and classic cocktail enthusiasts, El Dorado is defined by hints of citrus, coconut, and vanilla.

El Dorado White Rum ($23)

This delectable white overproof rum is the perfect pick for those who crave a serious cocktail in the form of a tropical treat. Strong enough to taste the alcohol yet smooth enough to make for a fabulous blended cocktail, this retro Jamaican rum boasts a fruity aroma and signature molasses undertones, making it one of the best rums for piña coladas.

Wray & Nephew White Rum ($23)

In the event that the original recipe is not enough pineapple for you, it’s perfectly acceptable to double down with this extra fruit-forward, ultra-pineapple variation. What we love most about Bacardí Pineapple is its natural pineapple flavor, which is pronounced but not overwhelming.

Bacardí Pineapple Fusion Rum ($10)

Developed by the same iconic master distiller behind rums like Caña Brava and SelvaRey, Yolo is as well-balanced and expertly designed as it is approachable. This piña colada–ready rum is sustainably crafted in Colorado with old-school Panamanian origins and is well worth giving a try.

Yolo Rum ($20)

With a few of the best rums for piña coladas under your belt, here’s how to make one:


2 oz. rum
1 oz. coconut cream
6 oz. fresh pineapple juice
1/2 cup crushed ice


Blend all ingredients thoroughly, and then serve with pineapple and cherry garnish in a hurricane or collins glass. (Bonus points for serving in a hollowed-out pineapple.)

Now that you know some of the best rums for piña coladas, it’s time to further your know-how. Up next, keep reading to discover the best rum for mojitos.