In honor of National Pina Colada Day (which is July 10th), I have created a pina colada that didn't taste like fake coconut, and didn't make me feel like I was sipping shredded toxic waste.
I promise, if you don't like the cloyingly sweet pina coladas, but like the flavors, you'll love this recipe! I was lucky, being a true hedonist, I had all items required on hand. As a habit, if I don't eat bananas before they wither, I cut them up and freeze them. Honestly, I do this with most any fruit. It comes in handy for making various adult beverage concoctions. Or, if you're into that health food thing, it makes for great smoothies.
I totally enjoyed the process of creating this recipe. If you're not a seasoned consumer of rum or alcohol, you can reduce the amount of rum. I chose the full amount - it should make for a great nap in a little while!
I'm not a fan of most coconut cream on the market. I do, however, love coconut milk. It's fresh and light. I used pineapple juice I reserved while coring the pineapple (if you don't have one of those little thing-a-mijiggies that take about 60 seconds to core and slice a pineapple, invest in one. They're very inexpensive.).
***Tidbit: I slice the core of the pineapple and put it in the freezer for pineapple "ice". It's great in a glass of ice water or as ice in a rum runner, or other cocktail.***