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If You Like Piña Coladas, You'll Love These Easy Cocktails

Much like soft rock vacation anthems, Piña Coladas are hard to get out of your head. It's difficult to forget the tropical combo of rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream; you may even find yourself wondering if any other drink could ever beat it. Despite this, consuming a heavy-handed coconut cream slushie every day might get a bit old. 

Luckily, there are a few easy twists on the classic -- made with similar ingredients -- that you’re sure to also love. If you like Piña Coladas, but want to mix things up and branch out, here are five variations you need to try; getting caught in the rain is optional.

If You Like Piña Coladas

This extra-decadent, full-blown milkshake version of the Piña Colada will make you love the classic even more. Created by the drinkable dessert masters at Brooklyn’s Butter & Scotch, this blended drink is even richer than the original thanks to a generous scoop of coconut ice cream. Whole pineapple chunks also go into the blender, which should yield some tasty pieces to nibble on as you sip.


If you feel awkward about ordering a Piña Colada from a bar and don’t want to hear the shameful whirring of a blender, order a Painkiller. The classic cocktail is super easy to make and uses many of the same ingredients as the Piña Colada. Coconut cream, pineapple juice, and orange juice are shaken -- not blended -- together, poured into an unassuming rocks glass, and topped with some freshly grated nutmeg. It’s as tropical as the Piña Colada, just a lot less hassle.

Rocket Fuel

The Piña Colada is decently potent, but it isn’t nearly as strong as some of its tiki brethren. This drink, though, lives up to its name with a healthy dose of dark rum, nutty amaretto, and insanely strong 151-proof rum piped directly into the metal straw. That means you’ll get a whopping kick upon your very first sip, and a richer Piña Colada the rest of the way through.


Consuming three Piña Coladas after sunbathing on the beach feels idealistic, but drinking that many coconut cream-blended drinks can also become a touch too cloying. If you want that coconut-infused flavor partnered with pineapple, but don't necessarily feel like twirling your straw through a slushie, opt for a Konomi instead. It’s a lighter drink made with coconut oil-washed vodka, pineapple syrup, matcha powder, and amaro and poured over ice -- resulting in a complex cocktail that has sweet, bitter, and fragrant notes.

Good Morning New Orleans

If you swap out the rum for tequila in a Piña Colada, the drink still tastes like a summer getaway -- just one that takes place in Cabo instead of Puerto Rico. In this tequila-spiked variation from New Orleans bar Maypop, aged añejo tequila, coconut purée, and fresh pineapple juice are blended together. A little Chinese five spice for garnish adds some savory intrigue.

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