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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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Make It
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: discover the best rum for mojitos.
This post was originally published on December 10, 2017, and has since been updated.