The Story Behind The Spiced Piña Colada

I don’t think I could be friends with anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good Piña Colada. It’s a quintessential tiki cocktail. I love how many variations are possible, too. The original drink has so many components that you can create a whole new cocktail just by swapping out one (or more) ingredients.

This riff uses a delicious spiced brown sugar syrup, plus a little rum punch trick: If you dash bitters on top of a fully constructed cocktail, they float on top and really pop.


  • 2 ounces white rum, such as Bacardi
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce coconut cream
  • ½ ounce spiced brown sugar syrup, such as Monin
  • 4 to 5 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters


  1. Combine all ingredients except bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake to chill and combine.
  3. Strain into a glass over crushed ice.
  4. Dash bitters on top.

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Updated: 2022-03-07

The Spiced Piña Colada Recipe