This Piña Colada Has Only 2 Ingredients, and It’s Marvelous

updated Jun 8, 2019
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Look, I like all of you a lot, so I’m going to let you in on my summer secret. Well, it’s not such a big secret, since I’ve been preaching its charms to anyone who will listen. It’s basically the perfect piña colada, and it only has two ingredients. Want one?

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It depends on just two things: good white rum, and this pineapple-coconut juice from L&A. I swear they didn’t pay me to write this; I discovered this stuff all my own. I spotted it at the grocery, and of course the obvious question popped into my head: “Will this make a good piña colada?”

There was only one way to find out.

I’ll spare you the suspense and say yes, this is the perfect blend of juices to make a nine-second piña colada. Mix a shot of rum with this fine stuff, and ta-da!

It’s not too sweet; it tastes like real juice. It’s also creamy, but not too creamy — this isn’t a frozen dessert in a glass. It tastes like creamy coconut, but with a shot of tangy pineapple.

As far as the rum goes, I’ve used various types, but my favorite is this overproof rum by J. Wray & Nephew. It’s inexpensive, strong, aromatic, and hefty enough to booze up a whole glass of pineapple-coconut juice.

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Of course, if you have a little extra energy, you can amp up the drink by adding a garnish of pineapple, fresh mint, or maybe a cherry. My favorite garnish is a splash of Angostura bitters — a nice note I picked up from my local cocktail bar. The cinnamon and spice set off the sweet, creamy juice and rum.

If you want to make it really easy on yourself, make a whole bottle at once. Pour out a little juice to make room, and add four shots of rum directly to the bottle. Refrigerate, and ta-da: You have a whole bottle of piña colada to drink whenever you like.

→ Find Pineapple-Coconut Juice: L&A at Langers