Orange is the New Black: Gloria’s Rico Colada

A review of Gloria’s Rico Colada from the Orange is the New Black Cookbook.

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Gloria’s Rico Colada

Gloria_Mendoza“Yeah, well I’d give my left tit for a piña colada and a smoke, but you don’t see that on the menu, right?”
Gloria Mendoza, Season 2 Episode 3

Fun fact: just like Gloria Mendoza, the piña colada originated from Puerto Rico!

This is not a regular piña colada, so don’t go in thinking it’ll taste the same!  They include the traditional piña colada recipe as well if that’s what you’re looking for.  This one is close, but trades pineapple for orange juice.

This recipe includes spiced rum, coconut rum, grenadine, and orange juice all poured over ice, mixed, and served.  They recommend serving with an optional pineapple wedge and/or maraschino cherry, but it seems we’re out of maraschinos and I didn’t have any pineapple on hand.20190406_175235

Taste: 9/10

This is a very sweet drink, but it’s really good!  Coconut rum is always delicious, and works really well with grenadine, but this does not taste quite as good as a piña colada in my opinion.  I miss the pineapple flavor.

The recipe does provide options that will change up the flavor a bit, though.  Instead of orange juice, you can use pineapple juice instead – I think that would be closer to a regular piña colada, though the orange juice is tasty.  They also give the option of using Chambord Liquor instead of grenadine (raspberry alcohol instead of pomegranate / blackcurrant syrup).  I’d be curious to try some of these combinations!

20190406_175202Difficulty: Easy

As with most drinks, this is an easy one to assemble.  It’s just combining ingredients into a glass and stirring.

Cost: Pricey

Cost will depend on what you already have in your cupboard, but I suspect this will be on the “Pricey” side for most people since it requires two different types of rum.  Ingredients include: ice, spiced rum, coconut rum, grenadine (or Chambord), orange juice (or pineapple juice), optional pineapple wedge and/or maraschino cherry.

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