Piña Colada with Dark Rum

Piña Coladas
The classic Piña Colada gets an upgrade!

Who doesn’t love piña coladas??? They are so refreshing and they transport you straight to a tropical beach! We are big fans, but the pre-made mixes always let us down. And the classic 3-ingredient piña colada just doesn’t spark joy for us. Here is an upgraded piña colada recipe with dark rum that will be your newest summer happy hour treat!

Looking for a Piña Colada-inspired dessert?? Check out these Piña Colada Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Rum Sauce!

What’s in a Piña Colada?

A traditional Piña Colada is made with a combo of white rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice. But we had to do this one our way and modify some of these ingredients to truly make this piña colada memorable.

Our Upgraded Piña Colada recipe:

We elevated the classic by adding the following ingredients to the base: fresh pineapple, dark rum, lime juice, Yellow Chartreuse, coconut liqueur, and a pinch of salt. Believe us, the additional ingredients are more than worth it and gives this tropical blended cocktail a huge upgrade!

If you aren’t familiar with Chartreuse, it is a French liqueur that comes in either yellow or green and is somewhat sweet and slightly herbal. Yellow Chartreuse is a bit more mild and sweeter than Green Chartreuse, so we choose to use that in this particular recipe for Piña Coladas.

What equipment do I need to make Piña Coladas?

For this version of the Piña Colada, you will only need a blender. Because we incorporate fresh pineapple, there is not a good on-the-rocks option for this particular drink. But we assume that most people own a blender, so this shouldn’t put you out too much.

If you own a blender, then everything else about this recipe is easy peasy, so no need to worry!

How strong is a piña colada?

Classic piña coladas are not super strong as the only ingredient with alcohol is the white rum. So you are going to get about 1-2 oz of rum in each glass.

But we upgraded the tipsy level for this Piña Colada recipe! Our version has dark rum, chartreuse AND coconut liqueur adding to the overall alcohol level and giving you a bigger bang for your buck! Also, we often finish this off with a rum floater, which is just an additional 1/4 oz (or 1/2 oz on a long weekend) pour of rum right on top of the drink at the end. One cocktail is all you need for a good buzz.

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Piña Colada Recipe
Always serve your Piña Coladas in a frosty pineapple glass for good measure!


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Piña Colada with Dark Rum

5 from 5 votes
Recipe by Angela and Mark Course: Drinks and CocktailsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Who doesn’t love piña coladas? Here is an upgraded Piña Colada Recipe with Dark Rum that will be your newest favorite summer happy hour treat!


  • 1 cup 1 diced pineapple

  • 4 oz 4 pineapple juice

  • 4 oz 4 cream of coconut

  • 8 oz 8 dark rum

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • 1 oz 1 Yellow Chartreuse (optional)

  • 2 oz 2 coconut liqueur

  • Pinch of kosher salt

  • Ice to thicken (3 cups or more)

  • Simple syrup or sugar (optional depending on the sweetness of your pineapple)


  • Add all ingredients to a blend, and blend until smooth. Taste and optionally add simple syrup or sugar if you would like it to be sweeter (this depends greatly on the sweetness of your fresh pineapple). Serve with a dark rum floater (1/2 oz pour of rum on top of the drink), and garnish with a sprinkle with toasted coconut and pineapple wedge.

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