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  • Writer's pictureAdam Mangen

Cocktail of the Week: The Expat

Updated: Aug 6, 2019

These are probably fighting words but I've never been a big fan of Pina Coladas. Not that they aren't good, but frozen drinks and coconut have never been on my favorites list. This made properly celebrating National Pina Colada Day difficult. So I did some digging for variations that could make me change my mind and found this one from The Ponte in LA. The Expat takes a traditional pina colada and shakes things up with fino and Oloroso sherry for sweetness and some Lazzaroni amaro to give it just a bit of bitterness. The result is a wonderful take on a classic that changed my mind about the pina colada. Now I'm a fan.

The Expat


1 oz. Over-proof rum (such as Plantation O.F.T.D) ½ oz. Lazzaroni Amaro ½ oz. Fino sherry

¼ oz. Oloroso sherry 1 ½ oz. Fresh pineapple juice ½ oz. Lime juice 1 oz. Coco Lopez cream of coconut


Fill a tiki mug with crushed ice and set aside. Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice cubes. Shake, and strain into the prepared glass.

Check out the full recipe page here.


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