I admit it. I love Tiki drinks and my favorite of them all is a Pina Colada. Many years ago, while doing art shows in Las Vegas, I discovered the Mirage's wonderful Strawberry Pina Colada. Every season I went back for my round of art shows (and gambling and play) I would go and order at least one. Now that I don't travel to Vegas as often, I had to come up with my own version.
I do like a Pina Colada based on the standard recipe using rum, pineapple juice and cream of coconut but for this recipe I decided to replace the cream of coconut with the healthier option of coconut milk, use coconut rum to pop up the coconut flavor and add those Mirage inspired strawberries. And, since I was using fresh pineapple juice, I couldn't resist using the pineapple itself for a fun Tiki cup.
It's not as hard as you might think to create your own cup out of a pineapple and the thrill your guests get from the presentation is worth the effort, most of which you will go through anyway when gathering your fruit from the pineapple.
PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY