The best tropical vacation drink that needs no alcohol!
When you think about virgin pina coladas, you probably think about palm trees, tropical beaches, and vacations in warm climates. That is because the pina colada is the classic vacation drink. It is what everyone orders when sitting on the beach!
It makes sense that we all associate the pina colada with the ocean. All of the ingredients in the drink are tropical fruits. Pineapple juice and cream of coconut are the main flavors of the pina colada and both only grow in warmer climates. So, it is only logical that when you visit a tropical beach, you enjoy the native offerings.
We are bringing you an amazing, non alcoholic version of this necessary holiday treat. Everyone should be able to enjoy incredible virgin pina coladas on the beach!
With our delicious virgin pina colada recipe, you will be able to make these tasty drinks all year long. The best part is that you only need four main ingredients to make an incredible pina colada.
Pina colada is the classic vacation drink
Ingredients for a Virgin Pina Colada
Classic pina coladas are made with rum. There are also other versions like a henny colada recipe which is made with Hennessy. However, we don't want to know how to make a henny colada or a regular rum colada. We want a virgin pina colada!
You don’t need much to make an incredible virgin pina colada. Here is what we use in our simple recipe:
Pineapple juice- Canned pineapple juice is usually the easiest to find in the grocery store. You may also find pineapple juice in the bottled juice aisle. Try replacing the pineapple juice with frozen pineapple chunks to make a thicker drink.
Cream of coconut- Cream of coconut is much thicker and sweeter than coconut milk. It adds a lot of powerful coconut flavor to the recipe. Coco Lopez brand is really good but any canned coconut milk will work well. Be sure to shake the can before you open it to blend all the creamy coconut fat into the liquid.
Ice- Crushed ice makes the frozen drink thick and cold. Try frozen pineapple chunks in place of ice to make the drink just as cold and thick but with even more pineapple flavor.
Vanilla extract- Vanilla is a nice, extra touch that will make the drink a tiny bit sweeter and a little richer. This simple ingredient makes a traditional pina colada extra special. The extra depth that the vanilla adds really takes this drink to the next level.
Add a squeeze of lime juice to make it a little more acidic. Try a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make a milkshake version. Garnish your glass with either a pineapple wedge or a maraschino cherry.
This is going to be a picture-perfect summer drink that is truly a tropical treat! No white rum or Hennessy colada ingredients are needed here!
How to Make Virgin Pina Coladas
Once you have gathered these four ingredients a blender and you are ready to make a perfect pina colada. Making this colada mocktail recipe is super easy.
- Place all the ingredients in a powerful blender.
- Blend the ingredients until very smooth and creamy. This can take a minute or longer depending on your blender.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy while cold.
How simple is that? That is why we know that everyone can make these delicious mocktail recipes.
Tips and Tricks For Virgin Pina Coladas
We have made this tasty drink on many hot summer days. After a few hundred virgin pina coladas, we have found a few tips and tricks that help make the drink really incredible.
- Use Canned pineapple rather than fresh pineapple. It is juicier and tends to be a little sweeter. Fresh pineapple will work though, especially if you have a very ripe one on hand.
- Make the recipe completely and then pour the mix into an ice cube try. Anytime you want a quick virgin version of a pina colada, just put the frozen cubes in the blender and blend!
- Play around with the garnish. There are no set garnish instructions so feel free to get creative. A mini drink umbrella or some shredded coconut flakes on top all look great.
- Use rum extract in place of vanilla extract for a more authentic taste.
- Add a handful of frozen strawberries for a pink colada.
We know these little tricks will help make your colada perfect for any hot summer day. They are even pretty great in the winter. Enjoy this drink anytime you’d like to pretend you are on a tropical island or any warm beach enjoying the warm ocean air. One sip will bring you right to that happy place!
You Asked, We’re Answering!
We get a lot of questions about our incredible non-alcoholic pina coladas. Here are a few of the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Hopefully, some of your questions will be answered here. You can always ask us your questions in the comments below, too!
Does virgin pina colada contain alcohol?
Virgin pina coladas do not contain any alcohol. They are a delicious, non-alcoholic treat that is perfect for everyone to enjoy!
Can you buy non-alcoholic pina colada?
You can buy virgin pina colada mix. However, our fresh, homemade virgin pina colada mix is much tastier. We don’t use any preservatives like a store bought mix may have.
Can I use coconut milk instead of coconut cream?
You can use coconut milk instead of coconut cream but try to use sweetened coconut milk. The canned kind definitely works best. It has the best texture and flavor. Refrigerated coconut milk is quite watered down.
What are the ingredients for a pina colada?
Our virgin pina colada recipe is made with pineapple juice, coconut cream, ice and vanilla extract. That’s it! Traditional coladas are made with white rum but our version is virgin (and tastier).
What does virgin mean in drinks?
Virgin means the drink does not contain alcohol.
What does colada mean in pina colada?
Pina colada translates to mean “strained pineapple”. The drink was originally made with fresh-pressed, strained pineapple and was aptly named!
How many calories are in a virgin pina colada?
There are about 220 calories in a cup of virgin pina colada. This can vary slightly!
What is cream of coconut? Where can I find cream of coconut?
Cream of coconut is a thick, coconut syrup. It is made by freezing coconut milk then skimming off the thick, fatty layer of cream. Cream of coconut milk is often sweetened to bring out the intense flavor. You can find cream of coconut in most grocery stores. It is often in the aisle alongside the Mexican food or near the drink mixes.
How do you order a virgin drink?
Simply say "virgin"! You can also ask for your drink to be non-alcoholic. Try asking for a virgin pina colada or a non-alcoholic pina colada and you will get a drink that contains no alcohol.