Cool Colada Shooter

Cool Colada Shooters

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
234 Calories
4g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 72mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pineapple and coconut are a favorite combination for cocktails. When you want to bring that tropical duo into a shooter, the cool colada is the way to do it!

This shot has a flavor that mimics the piña colada. Instead of rum, it relies on pineapple and coconut flavored vodkas. The recipe is courtesy of Van Gogh Vodka and naturally recommends their brand for the two spirits. However, they have since stopped making coconut vodka, so you will have to look for a substitute. Cîroc Vodka makes one of the best options, New Amsterdam Vodka is fantastic as well and more affordable, and a few other brands, including Pinnacle, offer the flavor too.

With the vodkas at hand, all you need for the cool colada shot is a little pineapple juice. It's a fun little drink with a tartness that's sure to grab your attention, though the coconut does a fair job of mellowing it out so it goes down nice and smooth.


  • 1 ounce pineapple vodka

  • 1/2 ounce coconut vodka

  • 1/2 ounce pineapple juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, pour the vodkas and pineapple juice. Fill with ice.

  3. Shake vigorously.

  4. Strain into a tall shot glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy.


  • This shot will shake up to about 2 1/2 ounces, so a large shot glass is required. If you don't have one of that volume, strain it into a rocks glass or a couple of smaller shot glasses instead.
  • When you're sharing with friends, go ahead and shake up a few shots at once. Line up shot glasses on the counter, increase the ingredients in proportion for the servings you need, shake it up and strain as you move the shaker down the line.
  • This shot is just a little better when served in chilled shot glasses. Keep a few in the freezer so they're always ready and frosty when you need them.

Recipe Variation

  • If you like the taste of the cool colada, don't reserve it for a shooter. Serve it on the rocks if you like or "up" in a chilled cocktail glass. When doing so, you might want to increase the coconut vodka to a 1-ounce pour to balance out the flavor.
  • Can't find coconut vodka? Use coconut rum instead. The shot's taste will be nearly identical and since brands like Malibu are so popular, it should be in stock at almost any liquor store.

How Strong Is a Cool Colada Shot?

Many flavored vodkas (Van Gogh included) are bottled at 70 proof rather than the vodka standard of 80 proof. That does make this shot a little less potent, but it's still pretty strong. On average, its alcohol content should be in the 21 percent ABV (42 proof) range, so two of these shots would equal one of full-strength vodka.