Skinny Piña Colada


If you like Piña Coladas….getting caught in the rain….

Yeah,  if you have the Pina Colada song stuck in your head now, you eventually were going to have it there anyway so don’t blame me.  Anyways, I really like Piña Coladas, but this Caribbean cocktail is a huge calorie bomb….often loaded with fat and calories and made with an artificial, sugar-laden mix.  Most places I checked, this fabulous drink clocks in right around 650 calories a drink!  That’s almost half your daily caloric intake just in one drink.  This version I’m sharing with you today has no where near the fat and calories of a regular Piña Colada because I used coconut water in place of cream of coconut or coconut milk and added just a small amount of pineapple juice to cut down on the sugar.

This is a very simple and straight forward recipe.  It’s not super sweet, yet still has the amazing smell and taste of coconut.  Because it’s not overly sweet, you might not love the taste as much as you would a regular Piña Colada, but at least you are saving yourself tons of calories 🙂

This Skinny Piña Colada just might be making an appearance in my kitchen often in summers to come and is perfect to cool you off on a hot day.

Skinny Pina Colada Drink Recipe made with coconut water and pineapple juice


*Makes 1 large cocktail*

2 oz Coconut Rum (Bacardi Rock or Malibu work well)
5 oz coconut water
2 oz pineapple juice


Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a slice of pineapple and/or a Maraschino cherry (optional).

Recipe source: adapted from

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30 Responses to “Skinny Piña Colada”

  1. August 15, 2013 at 12:15 AM #

    As soon as I read the title the song appeared in my head.. and I was going to comment about it.. but the first sentence of the post already did that for me! You are good! I am going to try a non alcoholic version of this, yum!

    • August 15, 2013 at 12:25 AM #

      It’s one of those songs that gets stuck in your head!

  2. August 15, 2013 at 2:17 AM #

    YUM! Love that you used coconut water!

    • August 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM #

      Thanks, Christina!

  3. August 15, 2013 at 3:12 AM #

    Haha, love that song! It’s ALWAYS in my head whenever I have Piña Colada –my favorite cocktail whenever I’m vacationing somewhere beachy. 🙂 Ack! I had no idea they have so many calories! I’ll have to think twice whenever I order seconds. Thanks for the skinny version Ashley. I absolutely love it!

    • August 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM #

      Same here, Anne! I always drink them on vacation 🙂

  4. August 15, 2013 at 4:43 AM #

    I love pina colada, and what a cool idea to make it with coconut water vs. coconut milk. Even though I have to admit I like it very sweet and very creamy. 🙂

    • August 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM #

      I do too, Julia! But sometimes it’s worth going to “healthier” route 😉

  5. Heather M
    August 15, 2013 at 7:16 AM #

    This preggo has been dying for a cocktail and then you post a delicious low calorie version!! I’ll attempt to make it alchohol free 🙂

    • August 15, 2013 at 11:56 AM #

      Haha let me know if you try it!

  6. August 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM #

    Great slimmed down pina colado!

    • August 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM #

      Thanks you Shashi!

  7. August 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM #

    That song! Can’t stop singing it now! This looks like such a great summer cocktail!

    • August 15, 2013 at 2:46 PM #

      Awww thanks, Cate!

  8. August 15, 2013 at 1:11 PM #

    I want this by the pool right now!!

    • August 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM #

      That sounds perfect!

  9. August 15, 2013 at 2:05 PM #

    I love Pina Coladas! But the way I’ve been eating lately, I really need to start skinnying things up. LOVE this recipe!

    • August 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM #

      Thanks so much, Christin!

  10. August 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM #

    Looks refreshing!

  11. August 15, 2013 at 3:36 PM #

    What a great way to cut down on calories for this popular drink! Now if I could only make some skinny versions of other cocktails, then I’d be set! 🙂

  12. August 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM #

    How clever of you to make a skinny version with coconut water! Love it! Sounds so cool and refreshing!

    • August 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM #

      It sure is! Thanks, Ruby!

  13. August 16, 2013 at 2:59 PM #

    A skinny pina colada sounds amazing! I never waste my calories on drinks like that and the artificial fillers always make me feel crappy. Love this!

    • August 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM #

      I also hate wasting calories on drinks! I’d rather eat my calories!

  14. August 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM #

    Ashley, it’s almost a pina colini! More of a drink than a pina colada, which is almost a dessert.Now,I want one! (And unless you are getting a kickback from Rupert Holmes, you should be ashamed of yourself for getting that song stuck in so many heads!)

    • August 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM #

      Yes, you’re right!

  15. August 16, 2013 at 4:15 PM #

    Oh gosh, I am up for any drinks of this nature. I have never thought of this but I am pinning the recipe to make very soon since I need a drink pretty much every day 🙂

    • August 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM #

      I think you’ll like this one! It tastes even better knowing it’s low cal 🙂

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