Virgin Piña Colada Recipe

Virgin piña colada with maraschino cherry, pineapple slice, and pink umbrella
The Spruce
  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Servings: 2 to 3 servings
  • Yields: 2 to 3 drinks
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
234 Calories
15g Fat
28g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3
Amount per serving
Calories 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 2g
Calcium 32mg 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.)

Next time you're having a spring or summer party, try this virgin piña colada recipe. This made-from-scratch drink is so refreshing and rich tasting, you won't even miss the alcohol.

The piña colada is a blended or iced cocktail that originated in Puerto Rico. It's usually made with white rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice. In this easy nonalcoholic recipe, just nix the rum and use coconut milk instead of the cream.

Since the recipe uses frozen pineapple chunks, you really don't need to add as much ice. Start with 1/4 cup and add more if you want a frostier drink. Blend it up until the consistency is smooth and creamy.

The traditional piña colada is garnished with either a pineapple wedge, a maraschino cherry, or both. Feel free to garnish with what you like, including a little paper umbrella!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened pineapple chunks (frozen)
  • 1/4 cup ice
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • Optional: 1 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar 
  • Garnish: fresh pineapple wedges
  • Garnish: maraschino cherry

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a virgin piña colada
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  2. Place the frozen pineapple chunks and ice at the bottom of a blender.

    Pineapple chunks and ice added to a blender
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  3. Pour the pineapple juice and coconut milk over the top. Add the brown sugar, if using. Puree until smooth. Taste to test the sweetness and add more sugar if needed.

    Ingredients are blended for a virgin piña colada
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  4. Pour into glasses and garnish with fresh pineapple wedges or a maraschino cherry.

    Maraschino cherry and pineapple slice garnishes are added to the virgin piña colada, along with a pink umbrella
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  5. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Tips

  • Chill the glasses while blending the drink: Fill them with crushed ice or ice water, then empty the glasses before pouring the piña coladas.
  • For easy cleanup, rinse the blender with hot water immediately so the sugars don't solidify and get sticky. You can also place the rinsed pitcher in the dishwasher or add a bit of soap and hot water to the pitcher, give it a whirl on the blender base, then rinse it out.
  • When using fresh pineapple, you will want to add more ice. Freeze any extra chunks to make piña coladas in the future.
  • Coconut milk comes in the traditional canned variety and cartons designed as a dairy alternative to milk. Either type works for drinks, though canned coconut milk creates a richer drink. If you're feeling adventurous, extract milk from a fresh coconut.
  • Shake canned coconut milk before opening it because it likes to separate.

Recipe Variations

  • No frozen pineapple? Try the coco colada recipe, which simply blends pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and ice.
  • For more of a smoothie, add a scoop of ice cream.
  • Unsweetened coconut cream is a great alternative to the milk; it simply doesn't have as much water. Cream of coconut is sweetened and richer and preferred for the original piña colada.
  • Use coconut or palm sugar instead of brown sugar. If using a hard, cake-like form of either sugar, crush it with a mortar and pestle or muddler into a consistency like brown sugar.
  • Liquid sweeteners are good options as well. Try 1 tablespoon of agave nectar, honey, or simple syrup and add more if needed.

Is the Virgin Piña Colada Healthy?

Piña coladas, in general, are not the healthiest drinks you can make. Though it's often blamed on the rum because it's produced from sugar, the liquor has no more calories or sugar than vodka. The bigger culprit is the cream. In this nonalcoholic recipe, unsweetened coconut milk reduces the sugar and calories, so it's a little healthier. If you use sweetened coconut milk (in either a can or carton), read the labels to see which is the healthier option.