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If You Like Piña Coladas: Stirring Your Way to a Tropical Mini Bar At Home

Bring the tropical taste of Puerto Rico to your next summer house party with a piña colada mini bar from Jarrod the @diycocktailguy.

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Throw a Piña Colada Summer House Party

When your next exotic getaway isn’t pencilled in for a while, planning a tropical-themed summer house party is the next best thing. Take a cue from Jarrod aka @diycocktailguy and transport guests to a faraway island by whipping up a tropical cocktail storm in 5 easy steps. 



“To me, nothing says summer like a piña colada, so let’s put on a piña colada mini bar for your summer house party,” Jarrod says. If you were searching for a sign to get everyone together for one last house party of the season, this mini bar inspiration is it. 



If you didn’t need any more convincing, our piña colada recipe is also incredibly easy to make. Convenient supermarket ingredients? Check. Dairy-free and vegan-friendly? Check. Guaranteed to be a summertime crowd-pleaser? Check. We recommend serving them ice-cold, giving your guests the perfect oasis from the sticky heat of a bustling house party, 



So, dust off your Hawaiian party shirts and keep scrolling for your quick how-to on everything piña coladas. 

Everything you need for your piña colada mini bar

250mL or 1 cup of Bacardi Superior Rum

400mL or 1 can of coconut cream

2 tablespoons of cream of coconut 

1 litre of pineapple juice

Plenty of ice

Fresh pineapple, mango and strawberries to garnish



Grab a 4L jug and a couple of handfuls of ice.
Pop in 250mL of Bacardi Superior Rum into the jug.
Then, add 400mL of coconut cream and 2 tablespoons of cream of coconut.
Add a litre of pineapple juice, as well as more ice, and stir.
Get guests to top up their glasses and add a garnish of either fresh pineapple, mango or strawberries.


Where did the love for piña coladas start?

It’s one of the world’s most in-demand cocktails, famous for its creamy meets sweet and fruity taste, but how did the idea for the piña colada come about? Hint: It wasn’t from the smash-hit tune ‘Escape (The Piña Colada Song)’.


 Meaning ‘strained pineapple’ in Spanish, the piña colada cocktail all started with a bartender and a hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico back in the 1950s. Before long, the island’s beaches were scattered with tourists and beach-goers seeking out and sipping on the refreshing cocktail all season long. Now, you’ll find it on every resort and tiki bar menu around the world, and there’s no sign that the love for piña coladas will slow down anytime soon. In fact, we’re seeing more and more inspired versions as the years go on, just like our Splice Piña Colada Slushie

Stir, shake or blend: how do you mix a piña colada?

The traditional method of making a piña colada consists of blitzing all of your ingredients together in a blender. But nowadays, it’s just as common to shake or stir your piña colada, especially if you don’t have a blender on hand or if you’re batching the cocktail for a large group of friends. Regardless of the method you choose, you’ll be on your way to a tropical tasting paradise in no time at all.

What type of coconut cream should you use in piña coladas?

As it turns out, not all coconut cream or milk is necessarily the same. The fat and liquid of some canned cream can tend to separate, which isn’t the consistency that you’re after in a creamy piña colada. Blitzing your cocktail in a blender should take care of this, but it’s something to keep in mind if you ever end up using the stirred or shaken method for your piña coladas. When it comes to going down the coconut milk or cream route, the choice is yours. Coconut milk will obviously give you a thinner consistency, whereas cream will give you that dessert-style decadence.

Getting fruity: other cocktails to try if you love a piña colada


If you’ve got your sights set on other fruity cocktails after sipping on a piña colada, give these game-changing creations a go:


Mai Tai: Dark and white rum alongside orange curacao, lime and pineapple — yes please!


Fruit Tingle: Vodka, blue curacao, lemonade and raspberry, this one is as delicious as it is bold in colour. 


Hard Strawberry Lemonade: Not only does this batch cocktail have a Barbie-approved pink hue — it’s fruity, fun and fuss-free. 


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