Sip this Primo Piña Colada for a Taste of the Caribbean Without the Calories

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“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” ~ Sam Keen

Anytime the temperatures hit high double or even triple digits I know it’s time to find a cool spot to sit back and sip something cold and refreshing. Sometimes, visions of deserted tropical islands fill my head, and I crave something made with fresh fruit and a good white rum.

And today is one of those days.

I wanted to escape reality for just a bit and sip an ice cold Puerto Rican Piña Colada but made my way. The sickly sweet cocktail that’s the bane of bartenders everywhere is neither adult nor refreshing. My version of this classic recipe is quick and easy to make, doesn’t require a mixology degree, is low calorie, and has only three affordable ingredients — none of which include high sugar, high fat, high calorie Coco Lopez — the cream of coconut that gives Piña Colada a bad name.

Once you make it, I am sure you will come up with dozens of variations on the theme like I did. For a taste of Asia, consider adding a squeeze or two of lime juice and combine the pineapple with a range of other fruits and flavors to jazz things up. Some of my favorites include passion fruit, mango, bananas, kiwi, a tiny pinch of cloves, or a drop or two of Tahitian vanilla.


With just three ingredients, now is not the time to skimp on the quality of ingredients in favor of something cheaper.

  • Look for fresh pineapple on sale
  • Buy Don Q Cristal Rum from Puerto Rico, it’s always affordable and very tasty
  • Find fresh, high quality coconut milk online or at your local health food store