This cooling piña colada recipe makes the perfect summer drink

Celebrate the summer with this easy piña colada recipe – a classic with a cherry on top 

Piña colada
‘Globe’ iced beverage glass, by Wedgwood, from Selfridges. Earrings, by Chanel. Entertaining Director: Melina Keays. Fashion Director: Jason Hughes.
(Image credit: JOANNA WZOREK)

For some, the piña colada may conjure up visions of gaudy concoctions festooned with paper parasols and straws, but for others, this is tropical sunshine in a glass. The exact history of the cocktail is somewhat disputed, but there’s no arguing with the fact that its three main ingredients – rum, pineapple juice and coconut cream – make its Caribbean origins crystal clear.

Judging by the number of versions we’ve spotted around London (Oblix at The Shard does one with white chocolate, Coupette adds champagne, while Dishoom’s take features chai syrup and lime juice), everyone seems to be having wistful thoughts of magical or far-flung getaways, but we prefer piña colada classically elegant, topped with a maraschino cherry.

Follow our recipe for piña colada the Wallpaper* way…


for 1 cocktail

120ml pineapple juice
60ml white rum
60ml coconut cream
1 teaspoon of sugar (optional)
a handful of ice
1 wedge of fresh pineapple
1 maraschino cherry


Measure the pineapple juice, rum, coconut cream (and a teaspoon of sugar if desired), into a blender and add a handful of ice.
Pulse until smooth and pour into a tall glass.
Garnish the cocktail with a wedge of pineapple and a cherry stuck on a long skewer.
Note that the teaspoon of sugar is optional, but we like our piña colada on the sweeter side. The maraschino cherry is key.

Melina Keays is the entertaining director of Wallpaper*. She has been part of the brand since the magazine’s launch in 1996, and is responsible for entertaining content across the print and digital platforms, and for Wallpaper’s creative agency Bespoke. A native Londoner, Melina takes inspiration from the whole spectrum of art and design – including film, literature, and fashion. Her work for the brand involves curating content, writing, and creative direction – conceiving luxury interior landscapes with a focus on food, drinks, and entertaining in all its forms

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