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How To Make a Piňa Colada

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The Piňa Colada is an institution. One of the few survivors of the 1980's craze for over-the-top tropical cocktails and garish garnishes, it is nevertheless a modern classic. Made with quality ingredients to a balanced recipe it can be a delicious throwback to a bygone era.
What you'll need: 
Golden rum
Malibu coconut liqueur (optional)
Coconut milk
Pineapple juice
Pineapple wedge to garnish
Boston shaker
Cubed ice
1: 
Into an ice-filled mixing glass pour 37.5ml/1.2oz of good quality golden rum such as Havana Club or Bacardi 8 year-old.
2: 
Add 15ml/0.50oz of Malibu coconut liqueur. This can be left out if you prefer, in which case you should use 50ml/1.5oz of golden rum rather than the 37.5ml/1.2oz as recommended above.
3: 
Add 25ml/.75oz of both coconut milk and fresh pineapple juice.
4: 
Place the Boston tin on top of the mixing glass and ensure a good seal. Shake the mixture until the outside of the tin frosts over.
5: 
Strain the mixture into a pre-chilled Collins or Colada glass. Garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and straws.
Conclusion: 
Made with care and the best available ingredients, the Piňa Colada is a cocktail equally at home on the beach or in a sophisticated bar.
Tips: 
Use a smooth golden rum rather than a fiery white rum. This will ensure a smoothness to match the creamy nature of the drink.
Both the pineapple juice and coconut milk should be as fresh as possible.

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