Master mixologist Erick Castro of San Diego’s Polite Provisions tinkered with the typical Piña Colada recipe, adding ever-greater shares of Green Chartreuse to get more of its complex, herbaceous flavor. Eventually, he ditched the rum entirely and maxed-out the Chartreuse, tinkering with the recipe until he landed on this recipe for the Piña Verde.
It’s difficult to specify how much ice should go into a blended drink; much depends on the type of ice you use, the style of blender, and so on. Start with about a cupful of ice for each serving, and add more ice, a half-cup at a time, until you’ve achieved a thick mixture that can’t quite hold a spoon upright.
- 1½ parts Green herbal liqueur
- 1½ parts Pineapple juice
- ¾ part Cream of coconut
- ½ part Lime juice
Blend all ingredients with about a cupful of ice, adding more if needed. Pour into a glass or tiki mug and garnish with a sprig of mint. It’s also nice with some fresh nutmeg grated on top.
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- Piña Verde from PUNCH magazine
- Piña Verde discussion on /r/cocktails