A non-alcoholic Piña Colada is a great summer drink for the whole family. It's rich, sweet, fruity, and delightfully creamy. I am sure you will want to drink more than just one. -Same applies to the regular recipe.
The recipes you can find for making an alcohol-free Piña Colada are often a bit lackluster. Most throw together coconut milk, canned or frozen pineapple, store-bought juice, and some ice cubes. That is far from what I call a great mocktail recipe.
If you want a proper take on the original Piña Colada, you've come to the right place. We'll treat this alcohol-free drink with the same love and respect as the alcoholic version.
So, let's make this Virgin Piña Colada the best way we can.
Choosing The Right Ingredients
A perfect Piña Colada is full of coconut and pineapple flavors enriched by Rum and balanced with just a bit of lime juice. For the best result, I alter the Mocktail version of this tropical drink slightly.
To imitate the taste of Rum in our non-alcoholic drink, we're using a combination of a non-alcoholic Rum alternative and a bit of rich Demerara syrup (2:1 sugar to water ratio).
The best Rum alternative I found for this case is from Lyre's goes by the name of Dark Cane Non-Alcoholic Spirit. It's not 100% perfect, but it is the best Rum replacement for a Virgin Piña Colada. -Especially when you combine it with a bit of rich Demerara syrup.
How to make it
There's always a discussion about how to make a Piña Colada. Some argue that blended versions are just a lazy way to do it, that you should always shake a Piña Colada.
Others suggest blending the drink as this is the traditional way to prepare it. And actually, the latter is correct; it is the traditional way. Apart from the superior taste and consistency, this is one more reason we also prefer the blended version. -
A nice side effect of this is making it becomes much easier and quicker.
- 1.5 oz Lyre's Dark Cane Non-Alcoholic Spirit (or your favorite Rum alternative)
- 1.5 oz Cream of coconut
- 1.5 oz Fresh pineapple juice
- 0.5 oz Fresh lime juice
- 0.5 oz Rich Demerara syrup (2:1 ratio of Demerara sugar to water)
- 0.5 cup Frozen Pineapple
- 0.5 cup Ice cubes
- Add the frozen pineapple chunks and ice cubes first and blend until the chunks are half to quarter the size.0.5 cup Ice cubes, 0.5 cup Frozen Pineapple
- Add Lyre's, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, Demerara syrup, and lime juice.1.5 oz Lyre's Dark Cane Non-Alcoholic Spirit, 1.5 oz Cream of coconut, 1.5 oz Fresh pineapple juice, 0.5 oz Fresh lime juice, 0.5 oz Rich Demerara syrup
- Blend until well mixed and creamy.
- Strain the Mocktail into a Hurricane glass (or pinapple shell) and garnish with a pineapple wedge.