Piña Colada has to be the ultimate, original taste of summer and Frozen Piña Colada just takes it to a whole new level of refreshment and satisfaction! It’s an easy cocktail to make using frozen pineapple chunks, blended with pineapple juice, coconut cream, and rum. One sip and you will be transported to a sandy beach somewhere in the Caribbean!
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Frozen Piña Colada
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading all the way through for any tips or substitute suggestions, to ensure that you have any specialized ingredients and equipment required and that you understand the steps and timings involved.
Many cocktails, including Piña Colada use simple syrup, which isn’t so great if you are watching your sugar intake.
However, you can make a sugar-free simple syrup by using monk fruit sweetener, which is considered a 1:1 replacement for sugar. Which is exactly the same ratio when making it with regular sugar.
Monk fruit is a no calorie sweetener which has zero impact on your blood sugar levels. It is derived from the juice of the monk fruit, and has a course sugar-like consistency that is light beige in color.
In this particular cocktail, there is the added sweetness of the pineapple, so we have used a 1:2 ratio (one-part sweetener to two-parts water), but you can adjust as required.
Another key ingredient in piña colada recipes is cream of coconut, which is a sweetened version of coconut cream. But our refined sugar-free version uses the rich coconut cream found on the top of a can of unsweetened coconut milk.
If sugar is not a concern for you, just use regular simple syrup and cream of coconut!
However you make this classic tropical cocktail, one sip and it’ll make you feel like you’re sitting on a white sandy beach, with palm trees swaying overhead!
Ingredients Used In This Cocktail
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- Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener – to make a sugar-free simple syrup if desired.
- Frozen Pineapple Chunks – you can use fresh, frozen, or canned pineapple for this recipe. For best results, use fresh pineapple that has been cut into chunks and frozen prior to blending.
- Pineapple Juice
- Coconut Cream
- White Rum – use your favorite brand.
- Fresh Pineapple Wedges – for garnish
- Hurricane Glasses – the classic glass for this cocktail.
- Colorful Paper Straws – these are the ones pictured.
- High-Speed Blender – strong enough to crush ice!
More Frozen Cocktails To Make
Want to make more frozen cocktails? I think you’re going to love these ones:
- Frozen Miami Vice Cocktail – A Double Rum Cocktail!
- Frozen Watermelon Slush Mocktail (or Spike It With Booze!)
- Frozen Strawberry Margaritas Are Perfect For Summer!
Frozen Piña Colada Variations
I like to try and give variations on the cocktails shared on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, like how to turn the cocktail into a mocktail so that non-drinkers (and kids if suitable) can enjoy the drink too!
Virgin Frozen Piña Colada Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)
So that non-drinkers can enjoy a frozen Piña Colada there are a few easy tweaks to make!
Omit the rum and replace with 1 oz coconut cream and 3 oz pineapple juice before blending.
To make a frozen Piña Colada Mocktail, follow the recipe card, but replace the alcoholic elements with the ingredients suggested above.
You can also mimic the rum flavor by using spiced brown sugar syrup, replacing the alcohols in the recipe card with the syrups. I recommend adding the syrups to taste as they may add a sweetness that you may not necessarily get from alcoholic liquors.
For non-drinking adults who still want the rum flavor you could experiment with a non-alcoholic alternative:
White Cane Spirit from Lyre’s – “This unique spirit has been impossibly crafted to capture the essence of a gently aged white rum with flavours that are distinct and contemporary.” Their website has international versions too, including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, so they’re worth checking out for non-alcoholic alternatives!
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
How Do I Make Frozen Pina Coladas?
Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, any pics don’t print to save your ink!).
For the Sugar-Free Simple Syrup:
- ¼ cup powdered monkfruit sweetener
- ½ cup water
For the Cocktail
- 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks*
- 8 oz pineapple juice
- 2.5 oz coconut cream
- 4 oz white rum
- 6-8 ice cubes
- Simple Syrup - sugar free as recipe, or regular, as desired
- Fresh pineapple wedges, for garnish
- If using, prepare the sugar-free simple syrup by combining the powdered monkfruit sweetener and water in a small pan. Stir to combine and heat for 3-4 minutes, until the sweetener dissolves completely. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Place the frozen pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut cream, rum, and one-quarter cup of simple syrup (of your choice) into a blender and blend until smooth.
- While the blender is still running, add the ice a little at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
- Turn blender off and remove lid. Taste and add additional simple syrup, if desired, and blend for another 30 seconds to combine.
- To serve, pour into glasses and serve immediately garnished with fresh pineapple slices. Enjoy!
- Mocktail version: Omit the rum and replace with 1 oz coconut cream and 3 oz pineapple juice
*You can use fresh, frozen, or canned pineapple for this recipe. For best results, use fresh pineapple that has been cut into chunks and frozen prior to blending.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 861Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 175gFiber: 4gSugar: 166gProtein: 2g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Meal!
The beverage is covered, but what about other dishes to make this recipe into a full meal? Here are my suggestions!
- Appetizer: Mango Shrimp Cups Appetizer
- Main Dish: Cuban Mojo Pork
- Side Dish: Cuban Mojo Potatoes
- Dessert: Creamy Banana Frozen Yogurt
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