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

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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. The creamy combination of rum, coconut cream, fresh pineapple juice, and crushed ice is an irresistible treat that couldn't be easier to make. 

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. Typically made from distilling the fermented juice of sugar cane, sugar cane syrup, and sugar cane molasse, it's a liquor like no other.

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