We’re switching gears this month to frozen drinks, and we’re starting with the much-maligned Piña Colada. A classic Piña Colada combines rum and pineapple with coconut cream, a heavily-adulterated and artificial ingredient. But it’s also the key to the Piña Colada, giving the drink a sweetness and a thick, rich mouthfeel that are hard to mimic with homemade coconut creams, stymying most efforts to elevate this drink to the craft level. Turns out it’s actually pretty easy: just toss out the coconut cream and throw in some ice cream. I mean, it’s August, right? Ice cream! – Andrew
Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper
Boozy Piña Colada Milkshake
Combine the rums, pineapple juice, and ice cream in a blender or milkshake mixer and blend. Pour into a milkshake glass or highball and top with toasted coconut flakes and a cherry. Enjoy!
Boozy milkshakes are a staple at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, Ted’s Bulletin, so it seemed natural to start trying some recipes at home. We paired a mild, St-Lucian silver rum with a touch of a wildly funky Jamaican rum, to give the shake a bit of bite. It’s just as rich and sweetly redolent of coconut as the original, just as cold, but – if you picked an all-natural ice cream – without all those artificial stabilizers and hard-to-pronounce preservatives. I’m good with that.
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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper