The Healthiest Pina Colada [and a Giveaway!]

the healthiest pina colada | almost getting it together

Can you believe in almost one year of blogging (a week and a half from now is my Blogiversary!) I haven’t posted one boozy recipe? I’ve posted recipes that could get boozy, like my Bloody Mary Mussels and my Mint Arnold Palmer but I’ve never truly made a cocktail. To celebrate my first cocktail recipe, I’m giving away three bottles of Harmless Harvest Coconut Water (my fave!) to three of my readers. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter.

the healthiest pina colada | almost getting it together

The Healthiest Pina Colada

Why is this? It’s because deep down, I’m not a cocktail drinker. The idea of all that junk and sugar that typically goes into cocktails creeps me out. If I can see the bartender making my drink – and know that it’s only fresh fruit, liquor and other natural things – I’m okay with it. Otherwise, I’ll stick with wine.

the healthiest pina colada | almost getting it together

Photographing frozen things is even harder than photographing normal things.

The healthiest pina colada was inspired by a terrible pina colada Jake told me about. I knew that I could easily whip up a delicious and healthy one… once I researched what was in a pina colada. I subbed out coconut creme and coconut milk for coconut water, full of potassium and electrolytes. Then I added frozen pineapple for natural sugar – and that pineapple flavor, of course!

the healthiest pina colada | almost getting it together

The healthiest cocktail EVER.

Both coconut water and pineapple are debloating, so I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is vaguely healthy. Take out the rum and it could have some health properties… right? And since I discovered coconut water in college as a hangover cure (true story), I am going to also make yet another unbacked medical claim and say this could potentially counteract any hangover you could get from having a few too many of these.

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The Healthiest Pina Colada [and a Giveaway!]
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups ice
  • 16 oz harmless harvest coconut water (1 bottle)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice (one lime, juiced)
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ recipe Calories: 175 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 27.3 g Sugar: 24 g Fiber: 3 g Protein: 0 g

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What’s your favorite way to get boozy? What are your plans for the holiday weekend? (Sorry, Canadian friends, if Labor Day isn’t a thing up there.)

26 comments on “The Healthiest Pina Colada [and a Giveaway!]

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on August 28, 2014 7:13 am

I really wish that I liked coconut water seeing at the rest of the world does. Maybe I would like it in a shake. Will need to experiement.
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Alli O'Neill on August 28, 2014 7:34 am

I hate coconut water too, but I can’t taste it in a smoothie! Give it a try!

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Alli O'Neill on August 28, 2014 7:35 am

My favorite is a wine and movie night with friends :) This weekend is a work weekend, my job is the opposite of the rest of the world and holidays=work more :/

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on August 28, 2014 8:43 am

I MADE A PINA COLADA JUST LIKE THIS only with different coconut water… I want to try that coconut water now.
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John on August 28, 2014 9:37 am

I’ve never heard a healthy cocktail drink before. I think using coconut water is a good idea since it is very hydrating, provides more potassium, less carbohydrate and sugar.
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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on August 28, 2014 9:55 am

Um yes please to healthy dranks!! This looks soo good. Anything frozen with recognizable ingredients gets 10 points from me.
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Amanda @ Positively Amanda on August 28, 2014 9:56 am

I’m also not a huge cocktail drinker because of all the sugar in them. I prefer wine. But this sounds delicious!
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Lauren on August 28, 2014 10:09 am

This sounds super refreshing and a great drink to end the summer with! Luckily I already have all the ingredients on hand.

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Cathy on August 28, 2014 11:26 am

I tried coconut water once and did not like it. This looks delicious. Hopefully I will win and love your fav coconut water.

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Paige C on August 28, 2014 11:38 am

I like mudslides if it is a fancy/icey drink and also mojitos

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Melissa @ Mango About Town on August 28, 2014 11:47 am

Labour Day is a thing in Canada! We just spell it with a U ;) Happy Long Weekend!
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Lesley on August 28, 2014 11:57 am

I’m much more of a beer and wine lover than cocktails. Does Sangria count??
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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on August 28, 2014 12:11 pm

I feel like I probably shouldn’t drink for a while after my last week, but I would make an exception for this ;-) Looks awesome! And we do have labour day, so a long weekend all around :-p
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Jessica on August 28, 2014 12:54 pm

That looks good! I like anything coconut.

Holiday plans – my birthday tomorrow, husband’s work baseball game Saturday, church Sunday, and hopefully a whole lot of NOTHING on Monday.
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Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating on August 28, 2014 1:00 pm

Yummy! Perfect drink for summer, thank you for the inspiration! One of my favorite cocktails is just a classic mojito.
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Shashi @ runninsrilankan on August 28, 2014 3:05 pm

Such an awesome giveaway! And a fabulous drink! Happy almost blogiversary!!

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on August 28, 2014 8:10 pm

THis looks good! Love coconut water.
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ali on August 29, 2014 9:05 am

love me a good margarita!

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Kristen on August 30, 2014 11:26 pm

A nice Moscow Mule is so refreshing on a hot summer evening.

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Kristen on August 31, 2014 11:27 am

I don’t know if I have a favorite cocktail but… there’s a place in town that makes a Pop Rocks Martini which is quite delicious and the opposite of healthy. It tastes like candy and has Pop Rocks both in the bottom and on the rim so when you take a sip it gets all crazy poppy and sounds like you’re chewing on the glass.
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Cassie on September 7, 2014 9:20 pm

That sounds so fun! Bartenders come up with the coolest things!

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Becca on September 1, 2014 11:44 pm

I love a pink pussycat. It was the first cocktail I ever had so it will always be my favorite

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Lisa N. on September 2, 2014 10:12 am

My favorite cocktail is a mudslide, just because it’s the only cocktail I really know. I don’t drink alcohol very often.

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Brittany Koelmel on September 3, 2014 12:27 pm

I love martinis!

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