Piña Colada Paletas

Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Servings: 8
Puerto Rico's most iconic drink is now a frozen, tropical treat for any occasion.

If there’s one drink that immediately brings the Caribbean tropics to mind, it has to be the piña colada. Born in Puerto Rico, this world-famous cocktail combines rum, coconut and pineapple for a sweet, tart and refreshing drink. It’s also one of the more popular virgin cocktails around.

It’s a delicious cocktail, but we felt it would also taste incredible as a frozen treat. The result is our version of a piña colada cocktail. The rum is optional, in case kids (and adults who want the treat without the spirit) are involved. You could easily make a batch of both in a set of paleta molds, but make sure you know which is which!

Who Made the Piña Colada?

There’s no question that this cocktail is a Puerto Rican creation, but who was its creator? That is a matter of some debate. On Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan there lies a well-known restaurant called La Barrachina, which claims to be the birthplace of the drink. However, some locals believe the Caribe Hilton was the first to make the cocktail. Still others believe that, while La Barrachina was indeed the place where the Piña Colada was born, the drink only became famous at the Hilton.

Whoever made it, we can agree that the world owes them a debt of thanks for this beloved cocktail. And with that, we humbly submit our version of the drink in frozen form as a paleta. And if you like that, wait until you try our piña colada tres leches!

Buen provecho!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup Rum (optional)

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Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the pineapple juice, crushed pineapple, coconut milk and shredded coconut.
  2. Stir all the ingredients and pour into 8 individuals popsicle molds
  3. Insert the paleta sticks.
  4. Freeze for at least 3 hours.
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