Virgin Miami Vice

Virgin Miami Vice

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 drink
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
272 Calories
8g Fat
52g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 272
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 35mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 89mg 444%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 313mg 7%
*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.)

The Miami vice cocktail is a retro frozen drink created sometime before the popular '80s crime drama that shares its name. A favorite of beach bars and nightclubs for decades, it's typically made with rum. This virgin Miami vice recipe skips the liquor to create a colorful tropical fruit smoothie that everyone will enjoy.

The concept behind the Miami vice is that it's a drink in which the piña colada and strawberry daiquiri become one in the glass. The drink is layered, so you'll actually mix two separate drinks in the blender: The creamy pineapple-coconut smoothie goes into the glass first, then it's topped with a lime-kissed strawberry purée. It's pretty simple and takes just a few minutes to create.

Most of the ingredients come straight from the can. Choose a quality pineapple juice and buy it in smaller cans to ensure it's as fresh as possible. Coconut cream is also a canned product, and if you use the unsweetened variety, you might want to add a bit of sugar to the first layer. Cream of coconut is a thicker and sweeter option often preferred for drinks, and it's great in this recipe. For the strawberry purée, blend some fresh or frozen strawberries until smooth before making the drink; a pint of strawberries creates about 1 1/4 cups of purée. The lime juice is the one ingredient that should absolutely be fresh (the bottled variety is often too sweet or unnaturally flavored). You'll need to squeeze a few limes to get the 3 tablespoons required for a single drink.

The virgin Miami vice is an utterly delicious frozen mocktail that is fun to make. It's a perfect summertime treat for hot afternoons, and it's deal for parties and celebrations that include guests of all ages.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice

  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream

  • 1 tablespoon half-and-half

  • 1 cup crushed ice, divided

  • 3 tablespoons strawberry puree

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1/2 tablespoon simple syrup

  • Strawberry, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Virgin Miami Vice drink ingredients

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  2. Place the pineapple juice, coconut cream, half-and-half, and 1/2 cup of ice into a blender.

    Place the pineapple juice, coconut cream, half-and-half, and ice into a blender

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  3. Blend the mixture until smooth.

    pineapple mixture in a blender

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  4. Pour the mixture into a highball glass.

    virgin cocktail mixture in a glass

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  5. Place the strawberry puree, lime juice, simple syrup, and the remaining 1/2 cup of ice into a blender.

    strawberry puree, lime juice, simple syrup and ice in a blender

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  6. Blend the mixture until smooth.

    strawberry mixture in a blender

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  7. Slowly pour the strawberry-lime mixture over the back of a bar spoon on top of the pineapple-coconut mixture.

    pour the strawberry-lime mixture over the back of a bar spoon on top of the pineapple-coconut mixture

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  8. Garnish with a strawberry. Serve and enjoy.

    Virgin Miami Vice cocktail

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