Pina Colada Redemption: Shipwreck

Pina Colada redemption month is coming to a close. Really what we’ve tried to show here is that those basic flavors of pineapple and coconut pair really well together. There’s no reason to shun them because of one unbalanced drink. It is important to remember, once again, that fresh citrus is always a Tiki man’s best friend. It’s also the key to bringing balance to the Pina Colada.

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This week’s drink is based upon one of my favorite drinks on the site the Drunken Sailor. Of course if that sailor gets to wasted his ship might just run aground and leave him with a wealth of coconuts. This drink is also a tribute to one of my favorite childhood cartoon characters Shipwreck from GI Joe. I can hear his parrot berate berating him even as he picks himself out of the wreck on some tropical island.

Shipwreck and GI Joe are properties of Hasbro

Just get to the blasted drink swabby!!

So crack out that can of Coco Lopez and some fresh pineapple juice. You might want to make sure you have nowhere to be as well, this drink is on the strong side. You may wonder why we didn’t use Lemon Hart 151 in this drink. While we do love Lemon Hart 151 and consider it our favorite rum it’s not right for every drink. We do like some of the flavor Cruzan 151 has, it’s by far no substitute for Lemon hart, but is has it’s own place. It’s like comparing a dark rum to a gold/amber rum, they simply have different uses. In our opinion it’s nice to heave multiple 151 proof rums to choose from. Also we never have to waste our Lemon Hart by flaming it!

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1 ½ oz Appleton Special

¾ oz Cruzan 151

1 oz fresh pineapple juice

½ oz white grapefruit juice

½ oz fresh lime juice

1 oz coconut cream

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake together with Ice cube and pour unstrained into a chimney glass. Garnish with a paper parasol and a small skewer of pineapple if desired.


This drink has a light citrus spice aroma with wafts of sweet coconut. The flavors are strong and rum forward with rich note of amber rum, molasses, and a subtle oakiness. The edges are quickly smoothed by sweet coconut and acidic pineapple given balance by the hints of lime and grapefruit. The drink finishes with lingering notes of rum and spice, surely one worth sipping slowly if you can.

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Feel free to play with the rums. If you have Lemon Hart give it a whirl, we just thought it overpowered some of the background flavors in an already strong drink. To us this drinks very much like a Planters Punch Colada. I certainly hope you’ve gotten some inspiration from the drinks presented this month. Join us next month as we present booze news and interviews with some of our friends in the area. All this lack of recipe will build to our annual Halloween Horror Tiki Blowout in October. So until next time…

“You get hammered America!” – JFL

About JFL

Joey or JFL as he is known by friends is a culinary trained mixologist from the Heart of Dixie Birmingham, Alabama. From a weekly column in the St. Clair News Aegis to his own experiments online JFL never stops doing work on Tiki and Cocktails. When he's not studying all things spirit, wine, and beer he's pursuing his own odd interests such as cartoons, cheesy old horror movies, horror punk, hair metal, and hockey
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2 Responses to Pina Colada Redemption: Shipwreck

    • JFL says:

      Thank you. It’s a topic we’d wanted to do for a while, though the Pina Colada’s probably not the most popular subject we could have tackled.

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