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Mango piña colada: A holy trinity of boozy tropical flavors

When I first turned 21, all I wanted to drink were sweet, girlie drinks. Sex on the beach, vodka and cranberry, strawberry daiquiris and piña coladas were my drinks of choice. Now, making a piña colada at home brings me back to those days when I used to go to a bar and pay $10 for a drink that probably had very little alcohol in it anyway.

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The great thing about making a piña colada at home is that I can add as much booze as I want — oh, and I get to try different flavor combinations. I love mango and pineapples especially, so I decided to try a mango piña colada recipe, and boy, was it amazing.

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If you’d like to stick to the traditional piña colada, then just omit the mango, and you’re all set. Or you can swap in any other fruit you have on hand: strawberries, blueberries, even apple.

Mango piña colada recipe

Serves 1

Total time: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup mango, chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream or water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 ounces white rum (more or less, to taste)
  • Lime wedge, for garnish
  • Mango slice, for garnish


  1. To a blender, add 1/2 cup of crushed ice, the pineapple juice, mangoes, coconut cream, lime juice and rum.
  2. Blend on high until all the ingredients are smooth and thick.
  3. Pour into a glass, and garnish with a lime wedge and a mango slice.

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