National Piña Colada Day is 10th July, which is a great excuse to pour yourself a glass of this summery cocktail and listen to The Piña Colada song. But if you’re looking for a Colada with a difference, you’re in the right place; we love its classic creamy, tropical flavour here at Funkin, but we also love new twists on old classics.

So, to celebrate one of our favourite cocktails, we’re sharing some of our favourite Colada recipes, including the classic. Be sure to celebrate National Piña Colada Day with some of these cocktails, experiment with making your own, and don’t forget to tag us when you post your creations to Instagram!

How to make a Piña Colada

If you want the full bartending experience, take a look at our pro Funkin Cocktail Piña Colada recipe, but here’s how to get a quick tropical fix at home:

Ingredients:

25ml Coconut Rum
25ml White Rum
100ml Funkin Pre-batched Piña Colada Cocktail Mixer

Method:

Combine your preferred Coconut Rum, White Rum and Funkin Pre-batched Piña Colada Cocktail Mixer and shake over ice. Serve in a Hurricane glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge and pineapple leaves.

Can you make a Piña Colada with vodka?

While purists will tell you that it’s rum or nothing when it comes to a Piña Colada, we’ll tell you that the best part of making cocktails is coming up with new and exciting combinations.

Vodka, however, doesn’t have the same sweetness as rum, so if you’re using regular vodka, you’ll need to add an extra ingredient such as a syrup. But if you’ve got flavoured vodkas in the cupboard, will open up a whole new world of possibilities.

Try swapping the rum with vanilla vodka or whipped cream vodka for an even creamier colada. Fruit-flavoured vodkas will also work really well, but don’t be afraid to try any sweet vodka; even chocolate flavoured vodka can work! Mix it up and let us know which one works for you!

Henny Colada

If you feel like rum or vodka aren’t adventurous enough, the Henny Colada might be for you.

The Henny Colada maintains the tropical feel of the original cocktail while adding rich, mature depths by replacing the rum with Hennessy cognac.

Ingredients:

45ml Hennessy
100ml Funkin Pre-batched Piña Colada Cocktail Mixer
Caramel Syrup
Garnish: Cherry

Method:

Combine in a glass with ice. Serve with a maraschino cherry if you’re feeling fancy.

Strawberry Colada

More properly known as a Miami Vice (not named after the 80s TV programme), this cocktail takes the creamy tropical flavours of a Piña Colada and mixes them with the fruity punch of a Strawberry Daiquiri.

Ingredients:

35ml Bundaberg Rum
35ml Funkin Strawberry Daiquiri Mixer
80ml Funkin Piña Colada Mixer

Method:

Serve long and garnish with fresh strawberries.

Piña Colada or Painkiller?

These two cocktails are sometimes confused but, while some of the ingredients are similar, the final drink is very different. There are some schools of thought that believe the woody flavours of Pusser’s rum mean it’s the only rum to use in this version of the Piña Colada, though this may have something to do with the fact that Pusser’s have trademarked the Painkiller!

Ingredients:

45ml dark or navy rum
45ml Funkin Pineapple Puree
15ml orange juice
25ml Funkin Coconut Puree
Garnish: freshly grated nutmeg

Method:

Mix all of the ingredients and pour them over crushed ice. Garnish generously with grated nutmeg.

Guava Colada

If a classic Piña Colada just isn’t tropical enough for you, then adding guava to the mix might be for you. We recommend using our puree for this recipe, as Brazilian Pink Guava is notoriously challenging to source and use as a fresh ingredient due to its short shelf life and tendency to get easily damaged!

Ingredients:

25ml Coconut Rum
25ml White Rum
75ml Funkin Pink Guava Puree
25ml coconut cream
10ml Funkin Sugar Cane Syrup
5ml Funkin Pure Pour Lime

Method:

Blend all of the ingredients with one cup of crushed ice until smooth. Serve with a pineapple wedge.

We hope these recipes will help you have a fantastic National Piña Colada Day, and don’t forget to tag us when you post your Piña Coladas to Instagram!

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