Treat yourself to a tropical delight with this Virgin Piña Colada. It’s got all the flavors of the classic recipe, minus the rum, so everyone can enjoy it.
This easy piña colada recipe features pineapple and coconut cream in an icy blended drink that feels extra festive.
You could also add chunks of frozen mango or passion fruit, elevating your Virgin Pina Coladas to new heights with exotic flavors!
Virgin Piña Colada
This pina colada has all the flavor without the alcohol, making it a tasty and inclusive choice for everyone to enjoy. Whether it’s a special celebration or a casual get-together, this drink ensures everyone can join in the fun.
Here is Why This Pina Colada Recipe Works
- Versatility: It is a mix of delightful tropical flavors that you can easily tweak to suit your preferences.
- Easy and Quick to Prepare: All you need is a blender to mix the ingredients.
- Suitable for All Ages: The non-alcoholic piña colada is an excellent choice for family gatherings with kids or for people who prefer virgin (non-alcoholic) beverages. Plus, for those who would like a little rum in their drink, you can easily add a splash.
Ingredients for Nonalcoholic Piña Coladas
Here is a list of the ingredients you will need for this recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details.
- Sugar syrup
- Pineapple juice and frozen pineapple chunks. Pineapple is a must for a pina colada recipe and using the frozen chunks makes it easy.
- Unsweetened coconut cream. If you want to reduce the fat content, you can add coconut milk instead of the cream but it won’t be as rich and creamy.
- Ice cubes
- Garnishes: Pineapple wedges, Marchiano cherries, fresh mint sprigs. You can definitely make a pina colada without the garnishes, but they definitely create a festive presentation. You can also serve the drink inside a coconut shell or hollowed-out pineapple.
What is a Virgin Drink
A virgin drink, also called a mocktail, is a non-alcoholic beverage created to imitate the taste and look of a regular cocktail. This term is commonly used for drink recipes that typically include alcohol, like our Pina Colada, but without the alcoholic part.
How to Make The Coconut Pineapple Drink
Here is a brief overview to get an idea of what to expect with the pina colada recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details.
- Make and cool a sugar/water syrup.
- Freeze half of the pineapple juice.
- Place the frozen pineapple chunks, cooled syrup, remaining pineapple juice, and the coconut cream in a blender—process on high speed to the desired consistency.
- Pour into chilled glasses and garnish each serving with a pineapple wedge, Marciano cherry, and a mint sprig.
Staying within the realm of non-alcoholic options, here are some creative variations that can add a delightful twist to this classic:
- Mango Twist Pina Colada: Add a cup of frozen mango chunks.
- Creamy Banana Pina Colada: Blend in one or two ripe bananas.
- Citrus Pina Coladas: Add the zest and juice of one lime for a citrusy kick that complements the pineapple and coconut.
- Tropical Berry Virgin Piña Coladas: Add a blend of frozen berries like strawberries or blueberries.
This beverage is typically served in tall hurricane glasses and garnished with pineapple wedges and Machiano cherries. Sometimes small, cocktail umbrellas are also added as a garnish.
Tips for Recipe Success
- Prepare and cool the sugar/water syrup in advance.
- Use unsweetened coconut cream and not coconut milk. Coconut cream will elevate the flavor of this creamy beverage.
- Use frozen pineapple chunks; do not thaw. Freezing part of the pineapple juice will reduce the amount of ice cubes needed, keeping the drink from being watered down when the ice cubes melt.
- Chill the glasses until ready to fill and serve.
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Frequently Asked Questions
‘Pina Colada’ translates from Spanish as ‘strained pineapple.’
The Pina Colada was invented in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and it is Puerto Rico’s national drink.
The classic Piña Colada cocktail usually calls for white or golden rum. This type of rum has a light and mellow flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweet pineapple and coconut flavors.
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- ½ cup water
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 3 cups pineapple juice, divided
- 3 cups frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 can (15 oz.) unsweetened coconut cream
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Pineapple wedges
- Marchiano cherries
- Fresh mint sprigs
Make in Advance:
- In a small saucepan set over medium, bring the water and sugar to a boil, stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow the syrup to cool.
- Pour half of the pineapple juice into an ice cube tray and freeze.
To Make the Pina Coladas:
- Place the frozen pineapple, cooled syrup, remaining pineapple juice and the coconut cream in a blender. Process on high speed, adding frozen cubes of pineapple juice and regular ice cubes to desired consistency.
- Divide into 2 to 4 chilled hurricane glasses, add one or two pineapple ice cubes to each glass, and garnish each serving with a pineapple wedge, Marciano cherry, and a mint sprig.
- This recipe will make enough for 2 serving in large 17 oz. glasses or 4 servings in medium 8 oz. glasses.
- To prepare in advance: Make the simple syrup and the frozen pineapple juice cube can be made in advance at your convenience.
- Frozen pineapple cubes are available in most local grocery stores.
- Be sure to select canned unsweetened coconut cream, it should be located next to the canned coconut milk. You will also be able to purchase unsweetened coconut milk at any Asian market.
- You can substitute unsweetened coconut milk, however, unsweetened coconut cream will elevate the flavor of this creamy beverage.
- Adding frozen pineapple juice will reduce the amount of ice needed.
- Reserve a few of the froze pineapple juice cubes and add 1 or 2 to each glass before filling.