Cocktail Hour: Mr. and Mrs. T’s Pina Colada


Tomorrow is the Hawaiian party that I have been planning for a while, so I needed to stock up on liters and liters of pina colada mix.  (Yes, I vetoed the mai tais and went with pina coladas.)  After I bought my mix, I decided to make a trial pina colada to see if the mix was any good.  Read the results after the jump!

When I went to buy my pina colada mix, the first thing I thought was, “OK, which one is the cheapest?”  What can I say?  I’m a penny pincher by nature.  The cheapest one I would find was Mr. and Mrs. T’s Pina Colada Mix, which was selling for about $5 for a 1.9 liter bottle.  I bought 3 bottles.

The recipe on the back of the box was this:

4 oz. pina colada mix
1 1/4 oz. rum


Here were the instructions: In a blender, combine with 1 1/2 cups of ice.  Garnish with a pineapple slice and tropical flower, as desired.

When I was putting all the ingredients into the blender, it seemed like something wasn’t right.  It was a LOT of liquid and ice for just one drink.  It also seemed too liquidy to turn into the frozen drink I know and love!


Was I right?  Of course!  It ended up being a very liquidy pina colada with tiny chunks of ice floating in it. Lame. It also made way more than just a glassful.   It smelled amazing, though!

I took a sip and was definitely pleased with the flavor.  It was nothing extraordinary, but for $2.50 a liter, I was pleasantly surprised.  It was very sweet and syrupy, though.  So much so that after a few sips, my stomach started to hurt.  I came to understand why this was happening when I looked at the nutrition facts.

Every serving of this stuff (4 oz.) contains 42 grams of sugar! I don’t know how that’s even possible, but apparently it is.  Another concern: the #2 ingredient was high fructose corn syrup.  Uh oh.  My final concern: it was packed with all sorts of artificial flavors and colors.  Nothing was natural about this mixer.

The verdict?  At tomorrow’s party, I need to:
1. Change drink proportions.  Less liquid, more ice.
2. Try to add something natural (pineapple juice is my best bet).  I can’t stand the idea of only drinking artificial flavors.

Mr. and Mrs. T’s was good for flavor, but bad for health.  I’ll check the label next time!

Here are some tropical drink recipes to serve at your next party:
Fruity Hurricane
Super Mai Tai
Key Lime Pie Martini
Hawaiian Martini
Coconut Daiquiri

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  • Sanjeeta kk

    Lovely drink. Nice to be here, best wishes.

  • Dee

    You want the best pina colada? Use Coco Real!! It’s real cream of coconut and is in a squeeze bottle! You can find it on the cocktail mix section and it only retails for $3.99. Delicous!!!

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