Blue Pina Colada Recipe

It’s blue, it’s sweet, it tastes like you’re on vacation. This blue pina colada is easy and delicious. Pulling out your blender will be the hardest part.

Yes, you really need cream of coconut for the best results.

2 frozen blue cocktails with umbrelllas

Blue Pina Colada

Sweet, creamy, and irresistable, this fun frozen cocktail looks and tastes like a summer vacation.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serving Size 4 servings

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Glasses
  • Straw
  • Paper umbrellas

Ingredients 

  • 1 15 ounce canned pineapple drained
  • 1 15 ounce can cream of coconut Coco Lopez brand is best
  • 8 ounces rum white or light
  • 6 cups ice
  • 3 ounces blue curacao
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice

Instructions 

  • Blend all ingredients except pineapple juice. In a blender, combine the pineapple, cream of coconut, ice, blue curacao, and rum until the ice is crushed and the mixture is smooth.
  • Add pineapple juice for desired consistency. Add the pineapple juice and blend for a few seconds. Add more for a thinner pina colada if you'd like.
  • Garnish and serve. Pour into four glasses and top with whipped cream and a cherry.
    blue frozen drink with whipped cream and cherry

Notes

You need to make this in two batches if you have a small blender.   First, blend the ice, cream of coconut, and pineapple chunks.  Then pour out half and add the remaining ingredients by half to each portion.  
You can freeze the pineapple beforehand or buy frozen pineapple as well.  You’ll need 1 1/2 cups.
Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 922mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 5mg
close up view of blue pina colada with pink umbrella

Frozen Drink Tips

  • Use good-quality rum for the best flavor. We like using white or light rum in this recipe. Coconut rum is delicious, too, but it’s very weak.
  • A hurricane glass makes for the prettiest presentation. Top with a pineapple wedge and cherry garnish. (And, of course, a cocktail umbrella!)
  • Out of blue curacao? Just add more rum and enjoy a normal pina colada!
  • If you want a thinner drink, add more pineapple juice until you reach the desired consistency.
ingredients on blue wooden counter

You’ll need the following for this fun and frozen cocktail:

  • pineapple chunks
  • cream of coconut
  • rum 
  • ice
  • blue curacao
  • pineapple juice
  • Blender
  • Glasses
  • Straw
  • Paper umbrellas
  • hurricane glasses.

Storage instructions

You’ll need to serve this right away. A frozen cocktail really can’t be made ahead.

🔍 FAQs

Can you use coconut milk in place of cream of coconut?

No. Nooooo. You also can’t use coconut cream, which is unsweetened. Getting this ingredient right is essential for the right coconut flavor.

How is a blue pina colada different from a blue Hawaiian?

A blue pina colada is a frozen cocktail made with rum, pineapple, and coconut. It gets its beautiful blue color from the addition of blue curacao. A blue Hawaiian is also a tropical cocktail made with rum and blue curacao. But it isn’t frozen and isn’t creamy.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Use good quality rum for the best flavor. We like using white or light rum in this recipe. Coconut rum is delicious too, but it’s very weak.
  • If you want a thinner pina colada, add more pineapple juice until you reach the desired consistency.
  • A hurricane glass makes for the prettiest presentation. Top with a pineapple wedge and cherry garnish. (And, of course, a cocktail umbrella!)

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