Piña Colada….. the sound of it just wants you to imagine you are on a tropical beach somewhere listening to the sounds of the waves and feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin. But you don’t really have to be there…. you can just imagine it and instead find a sunny (if you’re lucky) spot in your garden. The thing about a piña colada is if you get a good one you’re drinking one of the best drinks ever invented and if you get a bad one…. well, there’s just no point in drinking it (or eating it as piña colada is a meal in itself)!
Piña Colada originated in Puerto Rico in the 1950’s so what struck me on our recent trip there was that it was freshly made everywhere. Even your local kiosk down at the beach…. fresh pineapple, fresh coconut, fresh rum (oops did I say that?)…. The Virigin Piña Coladas (without the rum) were absolutely fantastic. In fact so much so that you don’t really need the rum.. although it is nice for us adults to add some later on in the evening!Click here to go straight to the recipe.
And coconuts….. they are everywhere. Growing on trees, lying on the road, floating in the sea. You couldn’t even contemplate buying a carton of coconut water. It felt so good to sip it freshly and it was so much sweeter than the bought stuff. Even the flesh was so much softer than I had imagined. It’s a shame that by the time the coconut reaches us here the flesh is hard and dried out. However, in this part of the world as we can’t pick a coconut from the tree there are amazing organic brands for coconut water and coconut flesh which taste almost as good. However I am always on the look out for fresh coconut and yesterday I bought our typical brown imported coconut to extract the water and it only cost €1.
But you can’t compare to a coconut freshly picked from a tree….
While we always know that a virgin Piña Colada is one without alcohol I had to laugh when I saw what the Piña Colada with rum was called…..corrupta. That just about sums it it up but it is super delicious especially made with a high quality Puerto Rican rum. But I think I’ll call it the not-so-virgin piña colada…
Piña Colada on the beach, Piña Colada in the Bars, Piña Colada in the forest… in fact you can find a Piña Colada bar almost anywhere!
So here’s how you make a delicious super easy piña colada smoothie…. and don’t feel too guilty as this is the healthy version!
First you cut up your pineapple into chunks. Juice your pineapple if you want to use fresh pineapple juice. Add these both to the blender along with your coconut water and coconut milk.
Add your chia seeds or flax seeds and blend. Add the ice and if staying with the virgin version then pour into glasses and style which ever way you want. In Puerto Rico the virgin version often came topped with cream and a cherry. The kids loved it but I prefer the natural version…
Delicious for the whole family!
For the not-so virgin Piña Colada then add the rum with your ice cubes and blend one more time.
- One fresh medium sized pineapple
- 100ml coconut water, fresh if possible
- 100ml coconut milk
- 100ml fresh pineapple juice
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 4 handfuls of ice
- honey to taste
- All of the above plus
- 100ml good quality rum
- Cut up your pineapple into chunks. Place in your blender.
- Measure out your pineapple juice, coconut water and coconut milk.
- Add these to the blender along with the chia seeds and blend.
- Now add the ice and blend until smooth. Add honey if you would like it a bit sweeter.
- Pour into glasses and top with a fresh fruit skewer.
- For the not-so-virgin version add the rum after all the ice has been added and blend.
- For extra thick piña colada you can add some ice cream or coconut cream.