Culinary Institute of America Recipe
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Piña Colada

Frozen drinks, like the popular Piña Colada, are a great addition to your summer parties. A typical frozen drink is made by blending a flavorful liquid or soft fruits, liquor, and ice. The key to making them is a blender powerful enough to crush the ice and fully blend the ingredients, otherwise, you may end up with ice chunks in your drinks.

Add the ingredients for your drink to the blender jar, place the lid or cover securely in place, and then turn on the machine. It’s a good idea to hold the lid in place as the drink is blending. You can hear when your drink is ready to serve by the change of the sound of the blender. If the blender sounds like it is straining, add a little liquid to help the blender break down the ice.

Chef tips:
Chi Chi: Substitute vodka for the rum.

The following recipe has been adapted from The Culinary Institute of America's Entertaining (2012, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) cookbook.

Piña Colada recipe by The Culinary Institute of America



Makes 1 Serving

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce coconut cream
  • 1 pineapple wedge
  • 1 maraschino cherry


  1. Combine the rum, juice, and coconut cream in a blender with ice. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour out the contents into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.

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