Pineapple rum slush is a smooth and sweet alcoholic beverage that's made with just three ingredients in a blender. This refreshing tropical drink is perfect for lounging poolside this summer.
This pineapple rum slush is a smooth frozen alcoholic drink that's made in the blender. With just three ingredients you'll have a fruity and fun summer drink to enjoy by yourself or with friends.
Frozen pineapple is the key ingredient in this recipe. If you don't have frozen pineapple, then you can freeze your own in chunks beforehand. Coconut water gives this drink a tropical feel but can be swapped with pineapple juice for a stronger pineapple flavor.
Add a splash of rum to top off this fun summer drink - or omit for an alcohol-free version.
- Pineapple - You'll need one pound, or 16 ounces, of frozen cubed pineapple. If you have fresh pineapple on hand, you'll want to freeze it first. The frozen pineapple is what gives this drink its thick, slushy texture.
- Rum - Use your favorite - dark rum, coconut rum, clear rum - or you can substitute with vodka or tequila if that's more your style.
- Coconut water - can be substituted with pineapple juice or orange juice.
Best rums to use
The type of rum you choose for your cocktails is entirely up to you. I suggest choosing a brand of rum that you know you'll enjoy.
This article may help you decide: Insider - 8 Best Rums to Drink
Their list includes rums like Probitas, which they recommend for daquiris and mojitos, as well as Don Q Gold, which goes well in pina coladas. Either of these would work well in a pineapple rum slush!
How to freeze pineapple
If you have fresh pineapple on hands, it's easy to freeze for this recipe. We need frozen pineapple because fresh pineapple won't create that thick, slushy texture when blended.
Slice your pineapple into chunks and spread onto a parchment/wax paper lined baking sheet (one that will fit into your freezer). Freeze for a few hours or overnight, then transfer to a freezer safe container to store until ready to use.
- Add the liquid ingredients first, then the frozen pineapple. Liquid at the bottom helps the blender process the frozen ingredients.
- Seal tightly with a lid and blend until the consistency is smooth and creamy.
- If the drink looks too thick, add more coconut water.
Coconut water substitutes
Don't like or have coconut water on hand? Here are a few substitutes:
- Pineapple juice
- Orange juice
- Coconut milk
Lower calorie version
If you'd like to make this drink lower in calories, substitute half of the frozen pineapple with ice. This adds a more slushy/icy texture.
- Pineapple chunk
- Orange slice
- Lime wedge
- Mint leaves
- Paper umbrella
- Maraschino cherry
Pineapple Rum Slush
- 16 ounces cubed frozen pineapple
- ¾ cup coconut water, or pineapple juice
- 3 ounces rum, or more to taste
- (Optional) Set aside two pineapple cubes to use as a garnish, slicing halfway through and placing on the rim of your glasses.
- Pour the coconut water and rum into a blender. Add pineapple cubes and cover. Blend until mixture is smooth and no chunks remain. If mixture is too thick or difficult to blend, add another ¼ cup of coconut water.
- Taste and add more rum as desired.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy.
- Clear rum can be substituted with dark, spiced, coconut, or another fruit flavored rum.
- Coconut water can be substituted with coconut milk, pineapple juice, or orange juice.
- Low calorie version: substitute half of the frozen pineapple with ice.
- Non-alcoholic version: substitute the rum with more coconut water.