Pina Colada Milkshakes with vanilla ice cream and crushed pineapple are a cold, refreshing taste of the tropics! Blend up a batch of these to beat the summer heat. Delicious with or without the rum!
I love a good milkshake.
Have you tried these Double Chocolate Malted Milkshakes yet?
There’s just something wonderful about this cold, refreshing treat.
I mean, you can drink your ice cream through a straw for crying out loud!
How genius is that?!
I also love a piña colada on a hot summer day.
So it only made sense to combine the two to make the best easy Pina Colada Milkshakes!
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What’s in a Pina Colada Milkshake
- Vanilla ice cream
- Crushed pineapple
- Coconut milk
- Cream of coconut
- Coconut flakes
- Rum – optional!
I’ve used a couple of different types of cream of coconut and found that the Coco Real brand was the best one for this recipe.
It also helped the shredded coconut stick to the rims of the glasses really well.
I found it in the alcohol section of my local Walmart and grocery store near the drink mixers.
If you like pina coladas, then you’ll love these milkshakes and can easily make them at home.
These offer an even creamier take on the classic tropical cocktail.
The taste is so much fresher than the bottled piña colada mixes!
Just toss everything in your blender, hit the button and let it come together in creamy pineapple coconut perfection.
What kind of rum is best for pina colada milkshakes?
I recommend white rum or a gold rum.
The flavor of the rum is masked by the other ingredients in this recipe, so it doesn’t need to be top shelf.
Any rum you usually enjoy in your cocktails is perfect here.
I’d personally avoid flavored versions, unless you like them in your piña coladas!
This recipe is already pretty sweet and most flavored rums contain added sugar.
Of course, if you want to try this milkshake recipe with a pineapple flavored rum, don’t let me stop you!
I bet it’ll be delicious every which way.
Can these milkshakes be made without rum?
Need another reason to love this recipe?
It’s equally delicious without the rum!
That way, you can make two batches: one for the kids and one for the grown ups!
Sometimes I opt for the virgin piña colada milkshake version myself.
My suggestion is to substitute the same amount of milk for the rum so, it’s still the same consistency.
I like mine with a long straw for sipping and an extra cherry on top.
And can we talk about how fabulous the coconut flakes look on the rim of the glass?
Don’t want them, you can leave them off.
You’ll feel like you’re sitting in a fancy resort having frozen drinks delivered to your cabana.
Close your eyes and you can almost smell the ocean.
Or is that just the fruity aroma of the pineapple in every sip?
Either way, I’ll take it!
This recipe makes enough for two large pina colada milkshakes.
It’s easy to double the recipe if your blender is big enough.
When making these for a crowd, I usually just make a few batches separately.
Some with alcohol and some without.
They’re so fast and easy to make that I can always make more at a minute’s notice.
More pineapple and coconut recipes
When it comes to summertime, nothing hits the spot more than a sweet treat made with these two sunshine-summoning ingredients.
- Pineapple Rum Cake is a pina colada fan’s favorite cake! Plus it’s made with a boxed cake mix. Extra convenient!
- Pineapple Bread with coconut flakes is one of my quick bread staples.
- Pineapple Coconut Smoothies are close as it gets to having a pina colada for breakfast in polite society.
- Coconut Macaroons can turn anyone into a coconut fan.
- Toasted Coconut Almond Shake tastes like an Almond Joy in drink form.
Looking for something to serve for dinner before you dig into dessert?
Give these Toasted Coconut Chicken Bites with Pineapple Salsa a taste.
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Pina Colada Milkshakes
- 2 ½ cups vanilla ice cream
- 8 ounces crushed pineapple in pineapple juice undrained
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup Cream of Coconut
- ¼ cup rum *See note for virgin recipe
- Shredded sweetened coconut flakes
- whipped cream and maraschino cherries for garnish
- Place about two tablespoons of the cream of coconut into a small shallow plate and the coconut flakes into a small shallow bowl.
- Put the rims of the serving glasses into the cream of coconut, making sure to place a good amount all along the rim.
- Place the glasses into the coconut flakes and completely cover the rim.
- Put the ice cream, pineapple, coconut milk, cream of coconut and rum into the blender.
- Blend until completely mixed and smooth.
- Gently pour into garnished serving glasses, top with whipped cream and a cherry, if desired and serve immediately.
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This recipe was updated with pictures and in format on 8/16/21 and again on 5/5/23. It was originally published 5/2/2016.
Comments & Reviews
very refreshing drink ! I will try this soon thanks for sharing 🙂
You’re welcome, Hafsa. Thank you!
Is the coconut milk you use from a can or from the frig (drinking kind)??
Audrey, the coconut milk I used was similar to the one found through this link on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Xt0wXl
If I make it virgin do I need to add another liquid to replace the rum
Ellie, you can just add some milk to replace the amount of rum.
Looking for a good orange cream cycle recipe ( summer drink)
Kathy, I don’t have one, but I recommend doing a Google search for it. Good luck!
Rosalie Davies says
I dont have a drink recioe but have an awesome jello. 1box of Mango or orange jello two small packages of vanilla tapoica pudding
3 cups of water. Mix together and bring to a boil stirring constantly. About 5 minutes until thickens. Add a can pf drained mandarin oranges. Cool slightly fold in container of cool whip. Let set in fridge for about 2hours. So good and taste like your olf 50/50 bars
I make a dream cycle with Vanilla Dr and orange soda and cream
Lisa McDowell says
This looks so cool and refreshing, I am going to make this!
This looks delicious and refreshing! If we leave out the rum, do I need to add more liquid or leave it as is?
Thanks! The kids can’t wait to try it!
Brenda, if you leave out the rum I would just substitute it with that amount of coconut milk. Otherwise, I think it will be too thick to drink. I hope everyone enjoys it!
I’d be interested to know how much rum extract might equal the taste of 1/4 cup of real rum…to make it taste like a true pina colada without the alcohol.
4 tsps of rum extract is equal to 1/2 cup of rum. So, you would use 2 tsps of extract for 1/4 cup of rum.
According to the simple google search I did for a Rum Substitute: For 1/4 cup rum, substitute 1 tablespoon rum extract plus enough liquid to make 1/4 cup, or substitute vanilla extract
Patti Kruger says
So good and easy!
I love these glasses and the recipe sounds delicious. Cant wait to try.
Can’t wait to try. Where did you get these glasses?
Thanks for this recipe Lynn! Do you know what it yeilds? Trying to plan for a large party…lol! Thank you
You’re welcome, James! This recipe makes a little more than two milkshakes.Enjoy your party and hope it works for you!
Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.
Can you use whole milk instead of coconut milk with this recipe?
Edi, you can use whole milk if you prefer, but know that of course, there won’t be as much coconut flavor in it.
Annette Kreamer says
I want your Recipe please that look so Good.
Annette, the recipe is right there for you in the post. At the top of the post, there is a ‘Jump to Recipe’. Click that, and it will take you all the way down the page to the recipe which you can then print.