Escape the summer heat with this sweet treat! It’s the perfect drink to relax with on a hot summer day and fun to share with friends. Plus, it only takes less than 20 minutes to create.
- First, you will need to buy a pineapple. A ripe pineapple will be a golden yellow color. Do not purchase one that is completely green because it won’t ripen well. If it smells sweet and yields only slightly when you press on it, then it’s ready.
- Once you have your pineapple, cut off the top a few inches below the crown; you will need a large serrated knife to do this. You can save the top for a garnish or decoration.
- Next you need to hollow out the pineapple. The easiest thing to use is a pineapple corer, but a knife will work fine too.
- Make sure not to cut all the way through the pineapple because you want to keep the outer shell intact. Save some of the pineapple fruit to add to the drink or to eat later.
- Voila! Your pineapple cup is finished!
Now for the drink:
- Fill a blender about halfway with ice cubes
- Add a few of your pineapple slices, a cup of vanilla ice cream, and ½ cup of pina colada mix
- Blend until the ice is finely crushed and it has an even consistency. You can go the easy route with a premade pina colada mix like I did, or for a healthier alternative use all natural ingredients like:
- ½ a cup of cream of coconut
- ¼ cup of coconut milk
- ¼ cup of pineapple chunks
- For a little extra kick you could add some rum (if you’re of age, of course), but it tastes just as good without it.
Now pour your concoction into your carved-out pineapple! The juice from the pineapple cup will mix in with your drink and give it that perfect amount of pineapple-y flavor. Using a straw to drink it will probably be easiest, and if you saved the lid you could cut out a notch for one and put it back on top.
You don’t have to drink this in a pineapple of course; it will taste just as refreshing in a nice cocktail glass. Also, if you want to serve some of these at a party you can freeze the pineapples over night so that the drink stays colder longer the next day.
No matter where or how you plan to enjoy this cocktail I hope it manages to cool you down on these sweltering summer days.