|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 10g||13%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||44%|
|Total Carbohydrate 71g||26%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||14%|
|Total Sugars 56g|
|Vitamin C 70mg||348%|
|*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.|
The lava flow is a colorful frozen cocktail that's a favorite in Hawaiian bars and emulates the look of real-life volcanos. This tropical drink is made with rum, strawberries, pineapple, and coconut cream. It's poured as two distinct layers of color and flavor that flow and combine as you drink. Festive and beautiful, it is usually garnished with fresh fruit.
Easy to create, the lava flow is blended in two parts. First, you'll blend light and coconut rums with strawberries. You'll then make a piña colada-like mix of coconut, pineapple, and banana that tops the strawberry mix. When it all comes together in the glass, you'll have a boozy slushy that looks stunning and tastes wonderful.
1 ounce light rum
1 ounce Malibu coconut rum (or 1 1/2 ounces light rum)
2 ounces strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 small banana
2 ounces coconut cream
2 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
1 cup ice
Pineapple wedge, garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Blend the two rums and strawberries in a blender until a smooth paste has formed. Pour mixture into a tall collins or hurricane glass.
Rinse blender. Blend banana, coconut cream, and pineapple juice with ice until smooth.
Slowly pour mixture into glass with red rum mix. Watch strawberry mixture oozing its way to the top along the sides of the glass, creating a flowing lava effect. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and paper umbrella, if desired.
By switching out a few ingredients, you can make other colorful lavas. Blend the rum with these options, then top it with the white mix.
- Yellow lava: Use 3 ounces of fresh or frozen mango, pineapple, or frozen orange juice. Decorate with a chunk of fresh mango.
- Green lava: Juice 4 leaves of kale, 1 stalk of celery, and 1 green apple to obtain a green mixture. Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar if the juice is too tart. Decorate with a wedge of lime or a slice of green apple and a mint sprig.
- Purple lava: Use 3 ounces of fresh or frozen blueberries or blackberries, or a mixture of both. Decorate with a few big blueberries speared on a cocktail toothpick.
- Orange lava: Use 3 ounces of carrot extract to mix with the rums. Decorate with an orange slice.
How Strong Is a Lava Flow Cocktail?
The ice, fruits, and mixers tend to make frozen cocktails rather light. Though it's just an estimate, the lava flow is a low-proof drink, weighing in around 5 percent ABV (10 proof). It's similar to the average beer, but this drink is far more delicious.
How Do You Make a Virgin Lava Flow?
For a mocktail version, skip the rum, and you'll have a fun and delicious drink minus the booze. Blend the strawberries into a purée or add about 1/2 cup of water or coconut water for a thick, syrupy consistency. Alternatively, make a virgin Miami vice; the only additional ingredients are half and half, lime juice, and simple syrup.
What's the Difference Between Coconut Cream and Cream of Coconut?
Coconut cream is a high-fat, unsweetened cream that has less water than coconut milk. It is often used as a thickener in food recipes. Cream of coconut is much sweeter and richer, which is why it's often used in cocktails like the piña colada. While lava flow recipes often use coconut cream, you can use cream of coconut to make a sweeter drink.