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If you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain,” then National Pina Colada Day was made for you. And how perfect that it falls in the dog days of summer when nothing seems more refreshing than a cold, tropical cocktail in hand. So “put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up,” I say. But if you’d rather skip past the drinks and head straight to dessert, then try these pina colada baked doughnuts or pina colada key lime pie. Both look exceptionally sinful.

Strawberry Pina Colada Pops

Photo and recipe courtesy of Cornelia Guest

 Spiked Strawberry Pina Colada Pops

Ingredients

3 cups fresh pineapple, cubed
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup rum
1 cup strawberries, sliced

Instructions

Puree all ingredients (except strawberries) in a blender until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and discard solids. Add strawberries, pour into ice-pop molds and freeze for 30 minutes. Insert sticks and continue to freeze overnight. For best results, leave ice pops in the freezer for at least 24 hours.

Blackberry Colada Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs

Blackberry Colada

Ingredients

2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups pineapple juice
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
2 cups blackberries
1 1/4 cups ice

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve.

Mango Colada Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs

Mango Colada

Ingredients

1 mango (peeled, seeded and cubed)
1 1/4 cups ice
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups pineapple juice
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
mint, for garnish

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses, garnish with mint and serve.

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One Response

  1. DBCoop says:

    Thank goodness Kayla reminded us that today is National Piña Colada Day or I would have totally missed the party!

    That's a great selection of recipes to choose and cool your heels from on a hot summer day, but always with my best health interests in mind, I think I'll head straight for the Piña Colada Smoothie — or anything with pineapple for that matter. Just call me the "pineapple express!"

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