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Anyone Have A Real Pina Colada Recipe?
finkdaddy
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Posted: 2005-06-13 3:03 pm   Permalink

I'm looking for a Pina Colada recipe that uses real coconut milk instead of Coco Lopez or what ever. I figured I would use the coconut milk and a bit of sugar syrup. Does that sound correct?

Mahalo.
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2005-06-13 3:34 pm   Permalink

As it turns out a "real" Pina Colada is made with Coco Lopez creme of coconut. When you look into the history of the Pina Colada you'll find that it was first created using Coco Lopez coconut creme. The Pina Colada would not be a Pina Colada without it.

However considering that the Coco Lopez stuff of today is concocted differently than it was originally, (preservatives, etc.) a recipe for a Pina Colada using all natural off the shelf items is not without merit.

I'd like to see some alternative recipes too.



 
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finkdaddy
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Posted: 2005-06-13 5:26 pm   Permalink

Ok, here's what happened. I had never had a real coconut before, so I was dissapointed with the amount of liquid inside. Gilligan's Island led me to believe I could pour out glassfulls of the stuff. So I poured out what I could into the blender with some chunks of coconut that I cut out with a knife, a few chunks of pineapple, some pineapple juice, a splash of milk ('cause I have no cream), an oz or so of simple syrup, a dolop of Bacardi, and just a touch of Cruzan Mango. I blended it all up and poured it into a shaker with crushed ice, shook until my arm hurt, and poured it into my cocktail glass.



It tasted very good, but nothing like a Pina Colada. Next time I will stick to the Coco Lopez.
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Benehune
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Posted: 2005-06-14 9:02 pm   Permalink

When you get the recipe down I hope you will post it. I am still using the traditional receipe, but adding more condiments. I really think they make the drink taste better.


 
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Traitor Vic
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Posted: 2005-06-18 12:42 am   Permalink

Let's see... We're trying to avoid using Lopez coconut creme but we're using Mango Flavored Rum? Okay.

 
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finkdaddy
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Posted: 2005-06-19 11:35 am   Permalink

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On 2005-06-18 00:42, Traitor Vic wrote:
Let's see... We're trying to avoid using Lopez coconut creme but we're using Mango Flavored Rum? Okay.



I know that sounds strange. I guess I didn't post all the steps that got me to that point. I wasn't trying to avoid using the Coco Lopez, because I love the stuff, I just wanted to try using real coconut. I didn't originaly use the Mango rum, but after a couple of tries I realized that I wasn't going to get anything close to a good tasting Pina Colada. So I started adding other things to just get a good tasting drink. What I posted was just where I was when I stopped experimenting and using up coconuts. I can't believe how expensive a coconut is in Milwaukee!!
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smittylover
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Posted: 2005-06-22 8:12 pm   Permalink

Here's a recipe from The Cocktail Book by Michael Walker (1980):
2 measures white rum
2 measures pineapple juice or 1/2 cup diced pineapple
2 tsp. coconut milk or meat
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 pinch salt
Place all ingredients in a blender with 4-5 ice cubes and blend until smooth.


 
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Traitor Vic
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Posted: 2005-06-25 02:45 am   Permalink

Dang! That's a really interesting recipe (and one I will try soon)! At the same time... When we're talking Piña Coladas we're not really talking a Tiki drink. Trader Vic added it to his menu only by refering to it as a Bahia (in order to avoid the Spanish name).

I've seen hundreds of recipes for Pina Coladas and have only rarely seen ones that didn't call for Cream of Coconut. I think that's one thing that the actual cocktail simply calls for. Would it be possible to make a Big Mac without Chemicals? Keep in mind that the name tranlates, loosely, as "strained pineapple".

One could, of course, decide to create a "more sensitive" cocktail (meaning they would pay more attention to what the customer demanded than they would what the customer needed). Just make sure you don't test this recipe on any women, children or bunnies.

1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Pineapple
2 1/2 ounces Malibu
1/4 cup Thai Coconut Milk
1 Tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice
1 Tbsp. Sugar
A thin wedge of pineapple and a slice of lime as garnish

Muoosh it all up in a blender with 6 ice cubes.


 
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Kono
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Posted: 2005-06-25 7:43 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-06-25 02:45, Traitor Vic wrote:
Trader Vic added it to his menu only by refering to it as a Bahia (in order to avoid the Spanish name).



That kind of cracks me up. How did Vic figure that Portuguese was so much more "Trader Vic's" as opposed to Español? Must've been when the Chachacha was OUT and the samba was IN.

BTW, Samba is always IN.


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Traitor Vic
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Posted: 2005-06-27 8:57 pm   Permalink

Excellent point, Kono! Trader Vic was always what my father likes to call "shifty." Shifty means "Sneaky" on some secondary level, perhaps, but "Good Sneaky Businessman", primarily. Never does it mean "Completely Dishonest" or "Liar." Trader Vic was more than happy to tell you that the Suffering Bastard was a cocktail created in the lounge at Shepheard's Hotel in Cairo in 1950 while handing you a slightly modified Mai Tai with a Cucumber stuck in it. I always just figured Vic didn't want to serve anything that sounded as "Spanish" as Piña Colada. It could be (since he did serve a Daiquiri or two) that he just didn't want to serve a drink that he couldn't claim as his own.
This makes me wonder, too, which came first... The Piña Colada or the Chi Chi? I always assumed that Don the Beachcomber (or someone like him) made a Piña Colada with Vodka and gave it a new name. I've recently read, though, that the Piña Colada was created in the 70s. Of course, the person who wrote what I read might be an idiot. I say we should just try it with Tequila and wake up the next morning and talk about whether it was any good or not (if we decide it wasn't we should decide to try it with better Tequila).


 
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Kono
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Posted: 2005-06-28 03:01 am   Permalink

I just got that Trader Vic's Party book from Amazon yesterday. The drink recipes were compiled by TV Vice President Sven Koch and it says, regarding the Bahia, that Vic didn't care for frozen drinks and the Bahia was a Pina Colada mixed in a cocktail shaker rather than a blended frozen drink. So there you go...
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smittylover
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Posted: 2005-06-28 3:54 pm   Permalink

According to Dale Degroff, author of The Craft of the Cocktail, the Pina Colada was invented in 1957 by Ramon Marrero, a bartender at Puerto Rico's Caribe Hilton. He then claims that Trader Vic borrowed the recipe in his later cocktail books and called it the Bahia.

 
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Blank Reg
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Posted: 2005-07-01 11:03 pm   Permalink

Here is a take on the Pina Colada that I call the Semi Colada, I had just made my wife a Tsunami tonight, but I was in the mood for something a little different. It was a little to cool tonight to make a "Frozen" drink (the fog was rolling in off of SF Bay so it was about 50 degrees) so I came up with this.

2oz Coconut Rum
1oz Falernum
2 oz Pineapple juice
1 dash of vanilla extract

add ingredients into an ice filled coctail shaker and shake..
strain into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. I use a pilsner glass or a collins glass. Garnish with a pinapple wedge and a
cherry. the little umbrella is optional.

If you try one let me know how you liked it.


 
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Traitor Vic
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Posted: 2005-07-02 01:00 am   Permalink

Very good info, Kono and smittylover! Both of those books are on my "GET THESE BOOKS" list but time and money, well... You know. Always great to have friends who share!

I'm not usually much of a Piña Colada drinker myself, but after paying attention to this thread, this 4th of July might have to end up being all Pinapple-Coconutty Flavored!


 
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nuKKe
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From: Tel Aviv, Israel
Posted: 2005-07-30 4:34 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-06-22 20:12, smittylover wrote:
Here's a recipe from The Cocktail Book by Michael Walker (1980):
2 measures white rum
2 measures pineapple juice or 1/2 cup diced pineapple
2 tsp. coconut milk or meat
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 pinch salt
Place all ingredients in a blender with 4-5 ice cubes and blend until smooth.




Hey, thank you for posting the recipe for the drink I am having at this vey moment! Got some leftover Coco Lopez left, after having Mr. and Mrs. Kick_the_Reverb around and following the Mr. advice, I looked for a Pina Colada recipe. Even though Finkdaddy looked for a Lopez-free recipe, this obe tastes good with CL ^__^


 
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