IF you like Pina Coladas, you’re not the only one.
Sales of the classic cocktail – Del Boy’s favorite drink – are up 40 per cent, according to Waitrose.
Originally created in Puerto Rico and made with pineapple juice, coconut milk or cream, and white rum, demand for the holiday drink is believed to be fueled by the post-pandemic feel-good factor.
Laura Stott pulled out the cocktail umbrellas to test eight premixed pinas and rated each of five.
Sainsbury’s Cocktail Collection (£10, 50cl): 4/5
A pre-mixed classic in a large cocktail shaker bottle that’s the perfect size for outdoor parties or BBQs.
Before trying it, I was a bit skeptical because of the off-putting, pale milky color, but it tasted pleasant enough when poured over lots of ice.
A good fruit flavor with the aroma and creamy taste of tropical coconut. It’s a bit sweet to me, but that should be a plus for many sippers.
Be warned though – at 19 percent ABV, this is stronger than you might think. hicks!
Funkin Nitro (Tesco, £2, 200ml): 4/5
SLIGHTLY more expensive than some of the others so I was expecting a premium pina.
The packaging certainly looks cool and funky, while the ingredients include cream, rum, lemon and, uh, nitrogen.
I’m not sure what the chemical added to the drink other than cost, but whatever it does, I can’t deny that this was in a class by itself.
It’s neither too sweet nor too sun creamy – and nicely balanced without being overly wet or sickly. It’s also perfect when served chilled. My favorite and a real cocktail bar experience in a can.
Shuda Pina Colada (Iceland, £1, 250ml): 3/5
THIS freeze-and-squeeze pouch is great fun—like an alcoholic slush pup.
Each is a single serving and makes a great warm-weather cocktail. Simply freeze for at least four hours, remove and decant into a glass about 20 minutes before drinking.
It has a nice sweet taste – but be careful as it’s easy to forget that these ice-pop style drinks are actually alcoholic.
Perfect for a summer picnic or BBQ on a hot day – as long as you find a way to keep them cold.
M&S Pina Colada Can (2.15lb, 250ml): 1/5
MADE with a whopping 25 percent pineapple juice, coconut milk, and two measures of white rum, this drink packs a heavy punch in terms of alcohol content — but unfortunately not so much in flavor.
The bigger alcohol hit than some of the others I’ve tried probably explains why it costs a bit more, and it’s also a lot more fizzy thanks to the addition of sparkling water.
But the taste is dry, artificial, and unpleasant, making it more of an alcoholic, bubbly pop than a beach shack treat.
Old Hopking Frozen (Aldi, 99p, 250ml): 4/5
ALDI’s bargain price offering is another freeze-and-squeeze bag to keep in the fridge before cocktail hour.
These must be kept in the freezer for at least four hours and then removed 25 minutes before drinking.
Sipped when it’s still nice and squishy, the flavor hits the spot, but once it warms up a little, the flavor gets a bit artificial — think melted ice lollies.
Great value and brilliant for stocking up for BBQs. A slightly lower ABV at four percent.
Morrison’s Pina Colada (£1.95, 250ml): 3/5
ANOTHER perfectly smooth, albeit slightly sweet, can of Pina Colada.
Infused with coconut and Caribbean rum, the drink, at five percent ABV, is the perfect amount of alcohol to give you that warm, holiday-like glow.
Could have used more pineapple as I found the taste a little synthetic and had a slight aftertaste. But served in a cocktail glass on crushed ice, I couldn’t resist.
The no-frills tin is perfect for on the go – and at this price you can enjoy more than one.
Amazon Coppa Cocktails (£14.99, 70cl): 3/5
THE most expensive but also by far the largest bottle at 70 cl so still pretty good value for money.
A premium pina with ten percent ABV that comes in a luxurious, fancy bottle. The drink itself, which contains coconut oil, is very velvety and sweet.
It really delivers. It’s rich, so not one I could drink too much of – which at least means the bottle would last for a while.
Fill up with a piece of pineapple and pretend in the garden that you are on vacation.
Malibu Pina Colada (Sainsbury’s £1.65, 250ml): 2/5
FOR summer getaways outdoors, this tin is the perfect portable summer cocktail to slip into your picnic bag.
Featuring original Malibu coconut rum, the soft sunshine scent emanates when you open the tab.
Proper pineapple juice flavor in this one, making it very refreshing on a warm day, but the flavor of coconut was very overpowering.
It’s not as creamy and looks more like a fruit liquor when poured, but Malibu fans will love it. However, it’s still a bit too sugary for me.
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