The Piña Colada originated at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan Puerto Rico in 1954 when a local mixologist was called upon to create a drink that would have the tourists arriving in droves. While the piña colada is not a drink native to the people of the island, its pineapple and coconut flavors help create the idea of a picture-perfect lush island paradise that exists in collective imagination more than in reality.
In 1978,the Piña Colada became Puerto Rico’s official cocktail. However, taste bud delight comes at a price. One drink can weigh in at more than 600 calories. I decided to make a natural drink that kept all of the flavor while discarding the caloric fluff. This cocktail costs around 200 calories with all of the amazing taste intact. Make one for yourself just to be sure.
(Makes 1 Piña Colada cocktail)
1 spear fresh pineapple, cut lengthwise (about 1/8th of pineapple)
6 oz. natural coconut water
1/3 cup frozen coconut dessert (I used So Delicious Dairy Free Brand)
2 oz. dark rum
1/2 cup crushed ice
slice of pineapple with rind for garnish
cherry for garnish
Combine all ingredients except garnishes in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with pineapple slice and cherry. Store any unused drink mixture in the freezer
Note: For some extra fun for your tongue, throw some chia seeds into the mixture. They will plump up and provide an energy boost while aiding in digestion.