Pina Colada Smoothie
Sharing more Dominican republic adventures on this post (you can see part 1 featuring plantain tostanes)! When we first arrived on the island, we were both exhausted. I had just taken my medical licensing exams, then we immediately jetted to Michigan for a friend’s whirlwind wedding. Then after just 3.5 hours of sleep, we took off to the Caribbean on the earliest flight to maximize our time there.
As soon as we got to our resort, we marveled at the beach, the food, the resort gardens and pools, activities/amenities for about 5 minutes before we passed out in our garden canopy bed for a much needed nap.
We wandered the beach for a while, which had one of the bluest oceans I had ever seen (contenders include Maui, Hawaii and Mykonos, Greece), before we went back to bed again.
Drinks were unlimited on the resort, so to celebrate, B and I ordered a pina colada, which we both love. If you can drink a lot, you can certainly get your money’s worth in all inclusive resorts! (B and I, alas, did not drink our worth since we’re super lightweights regarding alcohol… but B made up for it with the lobsters he devoured)
I ate endless fruit everyday, especially the pineapples and mangos which are harder to get in Connecticut. I kept eyeing the coconuts on the top of the palm trees everywhere on the resort. The one time I bought fresh coconuts in Connecticut, they actually turned out to be rancid -_-‘ so I’ve given up on eating them in the North. On the second to last day of our trip, we discovered that coconuts were unlimited – you just had to find a gardener to get the coconut and chop it with a machete for you.
After that, we ate so much coconuts! You can see pictures of our coconut drinks (and the ocean) on my instagram feed. I still don’t know how the gardeners scale such high palm trees!
This recipe is for a pina colada smoothie, which is creamy and light and doesn’t have alcohol, although you can add if you wish of course. There’s a more classic, rum spiked pina colada recipe on the blog (where you can read to find out the story of why I don’t drink much alcohol). The little umbrella is actually from the Dominican Republic, a little souvenir I brought back from the resort 🙂
Pina Colada Smoothie
1/2 cup fresh pineapple
1/2 can coconut milk
almond milk, to taste
ice, to taste
Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. Adjust the milk and ice to desired thickness. Pour into your cup when ready to serve. Garnish with fresh pineapple and paper umbrella. Enjoy!
i might get in trouble if drinks were unlimited, especially pina coladas! love this recipe. 🙂
Haha glad you enjoyed it! There were some folks who certainly took advantage of the unlimited drinks 😉
Love how simple the ingredient list is…and I'm a sucker for smoothies, so this is landing on my "make soon" list super soon!
Hope you enjoy! 🙂 It's a mini tropical vacation (or so I pretend after a 28 hr call in the hospital)
Oh girl. I am currently obsessed with coconut and pineapple! And this recipe might just be the perfect one!!
Ohhh…this looks great. Thank you!
Love pina coladas! Definitely my go-to tropical drink. Your photos are fab btw.
Piña coladas are my kryptonite, I get one the first day of any beach/island vacation. However, I try to not drink too much alcohol so I don't tend to have many after the first day, but with this booze free smoothie I might be having a lot more.
This looks tasty and so simple to make. A local burger at my home sells V-na coladas, which is like a pina colada with v energy drinks in it. It's on my list to try after the spend-free weekend is up!
I'm fond of smoothies at all. I can take them or leave them but this sounds quite delicious. I would be willing to try it!
Sounds like the perfect summer smoothie! 🙂
This looks amazing and so easy to re-create! We went to Jamaica to an all inclusive resort for our honeymoon and it was so magical! I love vacation life
Enjoy! So ready for summer!
Thanks! Hope you enjoy it
Thanks so much! It's my favorite mixed drink
If it's got alcohol and sun it's not a good combo for me either – fresh fruits and ice are a perfect match for the hot beach day
wow, energy drinks is an interesting addition to pina colada haha! Hope you enjoy!
Smoothies are my go to snack, and I feel guilt free drinking them 🙂
It is indeed – thanks!
Wow, Jamaica is one of our bucket list destinations! What a great place for a honeymoon – congrats. I wish I could have more vacation too haha
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