The kappa colada is one of the few frozen cocktails to use brandy. It works very well against the piña colada's pineapple and coconut flavor, adding a darker background to the bright tropical fruits.
This recipe does change up the ingredients a bit. It prefers the pineapple fruit over juice and splits the ice with vanilla ice cream. That gives it a fresher taste and creamier touch so the drink blends up to be both familiar and unique at the same time.
Gather the ingredients.
In a blender, add the ice, brandy, cream of coconut, pineapple, and ice cream.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into a collins glass.
Garnish with a chunk of pineapple or maraschino cherry.
Serve and enjoy!
- Ice cubes are difficult to measure. Generally, 5 or 6 average-sized cubes can be constituted as 1 cup. For this recipe, use 3 ice cubes.
- Once blended, if the mix is too thick for your taste, add an extra splash of lime juice or cream of coconut. If it's too thin, add more ice or ice cream. After each addition, blend again.
- The brandy doesn't have to be from your best bottle. A good mid-range brandy that you'd pour into a brandy Alexander will do just fine.
- Cream of coconut is a sweetened, richer, and thicker version of coconut cream and the preferred ingredient for piña coladas. In frozen cocktails like this, however, either will work. Coconut milk is a great choice as well since this recipe adds ice cream.
- Just like the piña colada, you can certainly skip the blender and shake up the kappa colada. Adjustments need to be made and it's best to simply substitute the brandy into the original piña colada recipe. In this version, shake 2 ounces each of brandy and pineapple juice and 1 1/2 ounces cream of coconut with ice. Strain it into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish.
- If you want the best of both cocktails, split the rum and brandy into two equal pours. For instance, using the kappa colada recipe, pour 1 ounce of each liquor rather than 2 ounces of brandy.
How Strong Is a Kappa Colada?
The kappa colada is surprisingly strong for a frozen cocktail. It cuts the normal amount of ice in half and makes up for only a portion of that difference with the ice cream. This one should blend up to an alcohol content around 15 percent ABV (30 proof). It's twice the strength of the average blended drink, but still close to a glass of wine.