Enjoy a cool, tropical treat this summer with these creamy, refreshing and non-alcoholic Virgin Piña Coladas that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy! It’s a sip of paradise in every glass and will transport you right to the shade of a palm tree on a warm beach, no passport required!
Virgin Piña Coladas (Non-Alcoholic)
It’s August and we are melting over here. The air conditioning has been running non-stop, the kids have been taking advantage of the sprinklers in the backyard, and we are making the best of things by grilling or making dinners that require minimal cooking.
So for this month’s H.O.N.E. Monthly Cooking Challenge I wanted to do something completely refreshing, cold, and easy. But also fun, festive, and a great way to finish out summer and celebrate before the new school year begins. Hence, non-alcoholic blender drinks and this easy piña colada recipe!
I don’t know about you, but I’m always exhausted by the end of the summer, to the point where even the idea of a vacation seems like too much work! But whipping up a couple of non-alcoholic piña coladas can transport me to a tropical beach without ever having to pack my bags or deal with the resultant laundry that comes with unpacking when you get back home.
A few years ago when my oldest started elementary school, we started a tradition of having a Back-To-School Feast, after being inspired by Stephanie Nielson of NieNieDialogues. I always try to decorate and make something special so it can be a celebratory meal, and I’m thinking these kid-friendly non-alcoholic piña coladas will be the perfect beverage to serve at this year’s feast. My girls helped me with the recipe testing and loved the cold, frothy concoction with the cherries on top.
What is a Piña Colada?
The name piña colada is Spanish for “strained pineapple”, and it was created in Puerto Rico in the 1950’s. It has actually been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978! While the traditional cocktail is made with rum, cream of coconut, and freshly strained pineapple juice, we keep things non-alcoholic around here and skip the booze.
Piña coladas can be made either blended or shaken with ice. Both are delicious, but we tend to favor the slushier blended version. Either way, they are so fun and pretty, especially when garnished with either a pineapple wedge, marachino cherry, or both.
How to make a non-alcoholic Piña Colada
This virgin piña colada mocktail recipe couldn’t be easier. It’s literally just a matter of pouring pineapple juice and cream of coconut into a blender, then adding enough ice to reach the level of the liquid and blending. We love our Vitamix blender and use it on a daily basis for protein shakes or smoothies, and it is excellent at making blender drinks like these piña coladas. I highly recommend getting one if you don’t have a good blender already.
I really, really wanted to make this with just coconut milk or coconut cream, rather than telling you to go out and buy cream of coconut, which is an ingredient that you will find in the drinks aisle by the alcoholic beverages – a place I rarely venture since we don’t drink alcohol in our home. But I made a few different batches and recipes and shared them with friends we had over for dinner, and the version I’m sharing with you today was the hands-down winner.
It’s not that the others were bad (I tried various combinations of coconut milk, crushed pineapple, sugar, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut), but the Coco Lopez cream of coconut imparted the best coconut flavor that couldn’t be matched by any other approach and balanced out the pineapple just right. Cream of coconut is just coconut milk that has been thickened and sweetened and it’s worth the extra effort of finding it in the store.
Looking for more non-alcoholic blender drinks? Try these!
- Strawberry Mockarita (Strawberry Virgin Margarita)
- Strawberry Watermelon Slushie
- Homemade Frozen Lemonade
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 3/4 cup cream of coconut
- Pineapple wedges, for garnish
- Maraschino cherries, for garnish
- Pour the pineapple juice and cream of coconut into a high-powered blender. Add enough ice to reach the level of the juice. Blend for 30-60 seconds until smooth.
- Pour into 2-3 glasses, then garnish with pineapple wedges and maraschino cherries before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 403 Saturated Fat: 11g Sodium: 40mg Carbohydrates: 72g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 65g