A piña colada is the perfect drink to sip on a beach, to whip up for a girl's night, or to change up your standard happy hour, but having the best rum for piña coladas is key. The creamy combination of coconut cream, fresh pineapple juice, and crushed ice is a classic tropical treat that couldn't be easier to make, and using the right piña colada rum makes them even more irresistible. Trust us on this one.
Craft this classic cocktail with the freshest ingredients you can find—and, of course, the perfect rum.
One of Puerto Rico’s most loved exports, rum is typically made from distilling the fermented juice of sugar cane, sugar cane syrup, and sugar cane molasses. Many believe that aged rum is finer than fresh, as the distilled beverage is usually aged in the same oak barrels that previously held whiskey or bourbon. However, which rum is best is really up to your personal tastes. For example, for the lightest rums, you'll want something from the Caribbean, while a rum that most closely resembles vodka will be found in a product of Puerto Rico.
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 amount of sweetness and flavor to stand up to fruit flavors, without overpowering them.
El Dorado 3-Year Rum
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.
Wray and Nephew
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.
If there's no such thing as too much pineapple for you, 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.
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.
How to Make a Piña Colada
Now that you have 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, then serve with pineapple and cherry garnish in a hurricane or collins glass. (Bonus points for serving in a hollowed-out pineapple.)