Skip to Content

Spiced Piña Coladas

If you like this recipe, please share!

Spiced Piña Coladas can send you on an instant mini-vacation to a tropical paradise. Spiced rum takes this cocktail to a delicious level.

Pin Spiced Piña Coladas to make later.

Spiced Piña Colada

You can’t help thinking about (or singing) Escape – The Piña Colada song at the mere mention of the frozen concoction. You’re singing it now, aren’t you?

Just the mere thought of a piña colada invokes the notion of faraway places, island breezes, warm tropical waters, blue skies, and sunshine.

Jump to:


Just a few ingredients are needed to make this tropical concoction. If you have a well stocked bar and pantry, you most likely have all of the ingredients. This is a piña colada with Captain Morgan spiced rum. You can certainly use other spiced rums, but this one really is top notch.

  • Spiced Rum
  • Cream of Coconut
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Ice

A piña colada is probably my favorite frozen tropical drink. The perfect marriage of pineapple, coconut, and rum blended with ice for a summertime drink. It’s cold and refreshing on a hot day.

But it’s not only a summer drink because this version is popular all year long. This cocktial is one of the most popular on the site year round. 

I guess folks are looking for an Escape… there’s that song again!

Can You Use Spiced Rum In a Piña Colada?

The short answer is an emphatic YES! While a piña colada can be made with any type of rum, my choice is a spiced rum, preferably Captain Morgan. To me, other spiced rums have that sharp bite. Captain Morgan is smooth.

Spiced rum adds more flavor to the drink without overpowering it and sometimes white rums can have that bite, or harshness, to them.

By that I mean the drink goes down rough, not smooth. 

Remember, the better the ingredients, the better the drink. I preach this in my other cocktail posts.

Is Cream of Coconut or Coconut Milk Better for a Piña Colada?

Cream of coconut is the be opitmal choice. It’s thicker and contributes to the texture of the frozen drink. Coconut milk is thinner and will not thicken the cocktail. The cream of coconut will also give a richer flavor to the drink.

Coconut milk is less sweet and has a much less intense flavor. A piña colada must have a rich coconut flavor. 

Are Spiced Piña Coladas Easy to Make?

Very easy, especially if you’ve made frozen blender drinks in the past. It’s really about balance between ingredients and the amount of ice you use in making the drink. The ratio of the amount of ingredients to the amount of ice is crucial. You don’t want a gritty drink. More about that in a minute.

Remember, you can always add more ice if necessary, or more liquid. Take it slow when making the drink. You’ll be able to tell when the ratio is spot on. 

When making your cocktails, use the smallest ice cubes possible. If you can, crush your ice before adding it to the blender. This will help avoid a gritty, small ice ball texture in the drink. An extra step, I know, but well worth it for a smooth beverage. 

The same could be said about making milkshakes too. For those it’s a milk and ice cream balance.

More Frozen Drink Recipes

If you enjoy frozen drinks, here are a few more to try:

These can be made with either fresh or frozen fruit. Frozen fruit makes the drink colder and more refreshing. Plus, you can sometimes use less ice.

Spiced Piña Colada

Have a Spiced Piña Colada at any celebration.

Spiced Piña Coladas

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Spiced piña coladas can send you on an instant mini-vacation to a tropical paradise. Spiced rum takes this cocktail to a delicious level.


  • 4 ounces Spiced Rum, Captain Morgan preferred
  • 8 ounces Cream of Coconut
  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • 3 cups of ice (more if necessary)


  1. Combine all ingredients in blender. Process until frothy. Pour into 4 cocktail glasses and garnish with pineapple slice.

Did you make this recipe?

I'd love to hear about it! Please leave a comment below or share it on Pinterest!


Sunday 18th of November 2018

Yum! This sounds fabulous and what a great recipe for the holidays!

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Oh I love the idea of adding spiced rum - that sounds absolutely delicious! I'm certainly giving this a try!

Veena Azmanov

Sunday 18th of November 2018

This is my weekend special delicious and refreshing drink for sure.


Sunday 18th of November 2018

I love Pina Colada! Looks so delicious and would make such a great treat ♥


Saturday 17th of November 2018

Yes, I love a good Pina Colada! This recipe sounds like it would taste delicious! Saving for Christmas! Cheers

Skip to Recipe