Up your piña colada game with grilled pineapple and toasted coconut

Jun 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. ET

Stuck stateside this summer? Don't fret — this cocktail will bring you visions of the beach and a private cabana. The grilled pineapple brings a bit of added flavor that you'll adore. This cocktail might become your summer favorite.

This drink tastes like something you'd enjoy on a tropical island. Can't get away this summer? Settle in where you are, and blend up these frosty drinks.

The grilled pineapple is a fun twist to these drinks. The simple step of grilling the pineapple helps caramelize them (and by that I mean it adds a bit of extra sweetness and intensity). I used canned pineapple, mainly for the juice, but you could use fresh pineapple too. Top these off with a spray of whipped topping and some toasted coconut, and then sip and enjoy.

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These cheerful cocktails are perfect during the summer months. You'll love the frostiness and fruity flavors blended up in these drinks.

Yields 2 (12-ounce) drinks

Prep time: 11 minutes | Cook time: 6-8 minutes | Total time: 17-19 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces light rum
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple rings, 6 ounces of juice reserved
  • 5 pineapple rings, grilled
  • 6 ounces coconut milk
  • 4 cups ice cubes
  • Whipped topping, for garnish
  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish
  • Toasted coconut flakes, for garnish

Directions:

  1. On a stovetop grill or outdoor grill over medium heat, lightly grill 5 pineapple rings for 3 to 4 minutes on both sides, until grill marks appear.
  2. To a blender, add the rum, pineapple juice, coconut milk, 4 pineapple rings and 3 to 4 cups of ice.
  3. Blend until thick and smooth.
  4. Divide equally, and pour into glasses. Garnish each glass with a piece of grilled pineapple, a maraschino cherry, whipped topping and a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes.
  5. Serve immediately.

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